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Fireside Grill celebrating first anniversary

Feb. 16, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HURRICANE, W.Va. -- The Fireside Grille is gearing up for its first anniversary in a big way. The independently owned Hurricane restaurant will host its first anniversary on Saturday, Feb. 25.

The event will kick off with kids' activities at 60 p.m. with Hermit Crab Races and a Cupcake Eating Contest for children 12 and under. At 8:30 p.m., the band Lost Cause will join the restaurant for a live performance. There will also be wing and nacho eating contests. Finally, a raffle will benefit the charity Basket of Hope. Prizes include a two-day, two-night trip to the Hatfield-McCoy Trail, gift baskets and Visa gift cards.

Marc Brown, co-owner and operator of the restaurant, sees the anniversary as a chance to give back to the community that has made the restaurant a success.

"The whole idea of this is a thank-you to the community," he said. "They are the reason we've made it so long. There's no charge for the concert. We hope to make this an annual tradition for years to come."

The restaurant opened one year ago in a location that had formerly been home to a Pizzeria Uno franchise near the Teay's Valley exit.

"The building had been empty for almost two years, and we had been looking to open a restaurant in the Huntington area," co-owner Rob Sydenstricker said. "There wasn't a prime location in Huntington at the time, and I kept driving down past this location, wondering why nothing had gone into this location. It took us about three months to get ready. We had to replace a lot of equipment."

Though the menu hasn't changed greatly, Rob Sydenstricker said he still wants to improve things.

"Being independently owned and operated, the menu is always evolving," he said. "We can make changes easily. We recently added gourmet cupcakes to the menu. We have a woman who makes them in house. We call her 'Granny Cupcake,' and she has free range to make whatever varieties she wants. The flavors change weekly."

Beer will soon be available from the Bridge Brew Works of Fayetteville, W.Va.

"We wanted a tie to the community, so we thought bringing in a local craft brew would be right up our alley," Rob Sydenstricker said.

Though only a year old, the restaurant has found a number of signature dishes.

"Last year, we won two awards at the 2011 Taste of All Charleston People's Choice Awards," said co-owner Judie Sydenstricker, Rob Sydenstricker's mother. "Our Beer and Cheese soup won best appetizer, and our Bread Pudding with Bourbon Cream Sauce won the award for best dessert."

The Fireside Grille is located at 4170 State Route 34 in Hurricane. The kitchen is open from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. The bar is usually open until midnight or later. Cash and all major credit/debit cards are accepted. For more information, call 304-757-4700. For a full menu and coming events, visit http://www.firesidegrillewv.com.

If you go: Fireside Grill

TYPE OF FOOD: Steak, burgers, sandwiches and pasta

ADDRESS: 4170 State Route 34, Hurricane, W.Va.

PHONE NUMBER: 304-757-4700

PAYMENTS ACCEPTED: Cash and all major credit cards. (No checks.)

HOURS: 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

WEBSITE: http://www.firesidegrillewv.com

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