By PAUL SEBERT
For The Herald-Dispatch
Six years after opening Christopher's Eats in Barboursville, restaurateur Christopher Dixon has moved to a bigger and better location. The new restaurant includes an outdoor dining area complete with a balcony, a full-service bar and an upstairs dining area for private events. The new location celebrated its grand opening on Thursday, March 21.
"Out of high school I planned on going to culinary school, but my parents asked me to get a bachelor's degree first. So I got a bachelor's degree in business management then went to culinary school. After that a friend asked me to help open his first restaurant. I've been in the restaurant business for 20 years. I was living in Louisiana working at a family restaurant when my cousin, Jeremy Adams, asked me if I wanted to come up here and get into the local restaurant business," Chris Dixon explained. "We opened Christopher's Eats in Barboursville in January of 2013. We moved to this new location because my cousin Jeremy and his brother, David Adams, are developing this complex. Jeremy's developing this complex as a living and wellness center. There may be a financial planning center, a spa and perhaps a butcher shop."
"We started work on the foundation at the end of 2018 and started construction from there. On March 21st, our first day, we had some representatives from the Huntington Chamber of Commerce over for a ribbon cutting ceremony," Dixon said. "(We) moved pretty much all of our stuff up here in a few days. It was pretty tough. There's a lot of stuff to move when you move an entire restaurant. One thing we didn't move was our coal fired oven which we now have in storage. The technology has changed. Our new oven is a little smaller but more efficient."
Christopher's continues to have a variety of sandwiches, flatbread pizzas and salads. One of the most popular flatbread pizzas is the "Ms. Piggy" ($14) topped with red sauce, romano, pepperoni, sausage, pork belly bits, fresh mozzarella and oregano. There's also a pimento and bacon burger ($13), a crab cake sandwich ($14), and a veggie stir fry bowl ($12). Dinner options include fried chicken verde ($16), pork chop ($18), and salmon ($17). The new restaurant has a full-service bar with a variety of wine, craft beers and cocktails.
"We try to offer a wide variety of different flavors to encompass the scope of everyone's different tastes. Over at the bar we have a great crew that is working hard coming up with different cocktails. Our draft list is changing all of the time as people come in to try the different our new stuff," Dixon said. "We have a special menu for Sunday brunch, which is getting pretty popular. We do an eggs benedict on homemade biscuits that we make every Sunday morning. We also do a french toast du jour and chicken and waffles."
Christopher's at the Summit is located at 5340 U.S. 60 near Little Caesar's Pizza. It is open from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Mondays. It is closed on Tuesdays. Wednesday and Thursday hours are from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday hours are from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Sunday brunch is from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Cash and all major credit cards are accepted. For carry-out orders, call 304-736-5520.
At The Summit
TYPE OF FOOD: American modern cuisine, pub
ADDRESS: 5340 U.S. 60, Huntington
HOURS: Monday: 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Closed Tuesday. 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Sunday
PHONE NUMBER: 304-736-5520
PAYMENTS ACCEPTED: Cash and all major credit cards