Berryville dining options have expanded once again as the Valley Bistro opens its doors. Taking advantage of a great location, the owners have moved into the space on 24 W Main St that has housed several restaurants over the past few years. This new venture is the brainchild of a group of agriculturally minded food lovers and one determined, and self-described, hard-headed woman.
Hope Cather launched the endeavor as a return to her roots in the restaurant business. “I grew up in a restaurant and felt like now was a great time to return to the business.” Hope and her family operate and live on a farm in Clarke County and the path to the new establishment is grounded in their agrarian lifestyle. Her vision for the Valley Bistro is to serve great home-style cooking with healthy options throughout the menu. “People love chicken-fried steak, but sometimes they want an alternative or a side to balance out their meal with fresh fruits and vegetables.” To that end, the second hallmark of her business is reliance on local suppliers for fresh products. “Many businesses use local products in their supply chain, but we really want them to play a major part. We plan to use Gore’s for hamburger and sausage, as well as fruits and vegetables from several local farms and baked goods from well known locals for desserts.”
Farming even played a role in the start-up as Hope was securing funds for the fledgling business. Her business partner, Brenda Klepper lives on a family farm with her husband Johnny and when she heard what Hope was doing she wanted to be involved. Klepper’s stake in the business was actually a steak in the business. When she decided to become a partner she sold five steers on her farm to come up with her portion of the investment. Brenda said, “We call that our living savings account.”
Hope’s deep connections to agriculture through the Ruritan and 4-H have not only created great connections for local products, they are also creating a connected labor force that she has seen grow up in the community. Family members are pitching-in shifts and children that she has watched grow up on farms will have employment opportunities in town.
The newly renovated space is bright and clean and adorned with family pictures and handmade crafts that make it feel like home. The menu includes homemade soups and seasonal salads that leverage produce as it is picked in the area. Entrees include a variety of tastes from Italian Chicken Parmesan to Mexican Fajitas. There is also a “Pasta Your Way” entree that allows patrons to choose their meat, pasta, and sauce options in whatever combination they like.
“Quality is everything,” Hope stressed. “If it’s not a quality product then it is not leaving my kitchen.”
The Valley Bistro is now open for lunch and dinner through out the week and also provides breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays. Specials listings will be available on Facebook.
The Valley Bistro is open:
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