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Restaurant offers home cooking

October 21, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

FOLLANSBEE - There's no question the exterior of the Red Barn Eatery at 946 Main St. (state Route 2) will get the attention of passersby.

It resembles, well, a bright red barn.

But the two women who operate the new restaurant said word of their homestyle cooking and friendly service will bring people into the place and back for repeat visits.

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NEW RESTAURANT — Minnie Baker, left, and Susan Morris of the Red Barn Eatery stand before the distinctive facade for the new restaurant at 946 Main St., Follansbee. The pair have combined their experience in homestyle cooking and customer service for the new venture.
-- Warren Scott

Not that Susan Morris and Minnie Baker don't appreciate the efforts that Joe Bingiel, the building's owner, has taken to help the eatery stand out.

It also was Bingiel who approached Morris about opening the restaurant at the site, which previously was occupied by the Snooty Pig Cafe.

Morris, who had waited at the cafe for a time, also had worked at Helen's Hilltop Drive-in, a Steubenville restaurant, with Baker.

"We discovered we work well together," said Baker, who noted she handles much of the cooking while Morris, a true people-person, waits on customers.

Both said they take pride in making guests feel welcome and delivering good, homemade food.

"When somebody comes to our establishment, we want to give them the best we can give them," said Morris.

The Red Barn Eatery is open from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays.

The two said they are focusing on catering to the breakfast and lunch crowds, with breakfast available all day, but may expand the hours if there's sufficient demand.

They said the restaurant's dining room also is open for private parties.

"Anything on our menu is available to go," noted Morris.

The menu includes the barnyard breakfast special, which includes choice of pancake, waffle or french toast; two eggs; hash browns or home fries; and choice of bacon, ham or sausage.

The Red Barn Eatery also offers Belgian waffles with fresh fruit in season and whipped cream; biscuits and gravy; and assorted omelets and breakfast sandwiches.

For lunch there's an assortment of sandwiches, including sloppy joes, barbecued pulled pork, burgers, fish and grilled chicken; as well as creamed chicken on a waffle; roast beef with baked potato; chef and other salads; and a variety of sides and appetizers.

For children, the Red Barn Eatery offers chicken fingers, macaroni and cheese, fish chunks, corn dog and hot dogs.

Homemade soups, pies and cakes also will be available each day.

The interior of the restaurant also has a country theme, resembling the rustic walls of a barn courtesy of Toronto mural artist Doug Griffith, a holdover from its days as the Snooty Pig Cafe.

Morris and Baker said the setting is fitting as they will be serving up meals made with fresh materials in a hassle-free manner.

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