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Preston restaurants find community support

Many stay open to serve to-go meals and help feed the county’s school children

KINGWOOD — Preston County restaurant owners said they are receiving community support as they stay open to serve pick-up meals and deliveries.

They hope to lessen the economic impact of the shutdown. West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice ordered restaurants closed to dine-in service as a means of preventing spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Jean Guillot, owner of The Preston County Inn in Kingwood, said he is getting about 20 take-out orders a day. He said he believes most local restaurants are getting support from regular customers.

Guillot said Ray Thompson, from State Farm Insurance, bought $200 in gift certificates.

“He told me he was buying $1,000 in gift certificates from businesses around the county,” he said.

Thompson said he is buying gift certificates from different restaurants to stimulate the economy. However, he said, it is mainly to say thank you to the front-line people and first responders,

“We can’t get to all of the businesses, but we did commit to $1,000,” he said. “We’re mainly giving them to police officers, EMS and the people who are out there on the front line.”

The Inn offers take-out and delivery. Guillot said he will still offer the complete menu with limited salad bar. Hours are 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. Phone 304-329-2220 to place an order.

Down Home Diner in Kingwood is offering its complete menu for take-out. It will also continue to offer daily specials and salads, according to owner Sarah Davis.

“We get eight to 10 people a day,” Davis said. “Mostly our regulars, but we get a few others.”

She said until further notice the diner will be open daily 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Phone 304-329-6122.

Monroe’s in Kingwood offers delivery and take-out, according to owner Jimmy Maier, and the delivery area has been expanded. Monroe’s offers its complete menu.

Hours are 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Phone 304-329-3354.

On the Go in Kingwood has drive-through only from the full menu. Hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sunday. Phone 304-685-0406.

Rosemary’s Thyme in Kingwood has take-out from the full menu, including salads. Hours are 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. Phone 304-329-6750.

A man prepares a meal
Marshall Thayer prepares a to-go meal at Melanie’s in Aurora on Thursday.

Marshall Phayer, owner of Melanie’s Family Restaurant in Aurora, said the restaurant continues to provide daily free meals for school-age children.  He said not many children have taken advantage of the free meals, but he expects an increase as more students find out about the offer.

The restaurant offers take-out from its menu.  Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Phone 304-735-3219.

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