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WV Rib Station restaurant to close

Jan. 12, 2010 @ 03:17 PM

HUNTINGTON — West Virginia Rib Station, located in the Visitor’s Center of the Cabell Huntington Convention and Visitors Bureau, is closing on Saturday.

The restaurant, located at 11th Street and Veterans Memorial Boulevard in the former Heritage Station and Boston Beanery, “just didn’t get enough people in the doors,” said owner Shawn Bresnahan. “Everyone who came in and ate the food loved it. We just didn’t have enough of them.”

The restaurant will be open this week and until 7 p.m. Saturday, and then close permanently. It’s the second time Bresnahan has closed a business within the past year. He formerly owned Le Cook Store on 3rd Avenue, which is now home to Huntington’s Kitchen, the healthy cooking education center opened for the “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution” TV show.

“The economy didn’t help,” Bresnahan said. “People say, ‘You could have done this or should have done this.’ ...I think it’s just a bad time. National Restaurant News said it was the worst year for restaurants in about 40 years, and of course I picked that year to open a restaurant.”
He’s not sure what he’ll do next.

“I don’t think I’ll be opening another business in Huntington,” he said.