Staunton needs restaurant with a view

2By Lynn R. Mitchell

How can it be that a city like Staunton surrounded by the Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountains doesn’t have a restaurant that looks out over those million-dollar views? I have asked that question since moving here in 1996.

Afton Mountain used to have a restaurant at the Holiday Inn with huge windows that overlooked the Rockfish Valley. Years ago the franchise was lost and it turned into the Inn at Afton that is now run down along with everything else on the mountain. What a perfect location for a restaurant with a view.

Since nothing has been done on Afton in years — and there are no signs of it changing anytime soon — that brings us back to Staunton. Some of the most scenic building sites are occupied by retail stores and banks.

It makes absolutely no sense.  A restaurant similar to Depot Grille would be nice. The Cracker Barrel could have located some place where its rocking chair porch would provide a soothing place to rock and look out over the mountains.

In Waynesboro, McAlister’s Deli has outdoor tables but most of the view of the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains is blocked by the building and the dumpster corral.

Chick-fil-A in Waynesboro has outdoor tables that take in some of the mountain view although the kitchen is located on the view side of the building.

Where are the restaurants with a view in this area? Are there any out there….?



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