The Riverview Motel and Cafe, one of the many businesses contributing to Alderson’s charm, continues to provide business and home-cooked food to residents even in the midst of a pandemic.
As the name suggests, the cafe and the motel have an excellent view of The Greenbrier River, which is mere steps away. Both the cafe and the motel are family-owned small businesses. The owners are Terri and Chip James. Terri is the wonderful cook behind the home-cooked comfort foods found at the Riverview Cafe.
There is a full menu of meals that are available every day. This includes many breakfast options which are available all day, every day. They also offer daily specials and delicious desserts.
James said she really “like[s] making the desserts.”
Every Tuesday is Taco Tuesday and all other open days have new specials. Terri said some of their most popular items include their hotdogs, hamburgers and Philly cheesesteak sandwiches. They also offer many different types of bread including their incredibly popular sourdough.
Even though the pandemic shut everything down for a while, the Riverview Cafe has done everything possible to offer its services since businesses began reopening. When necessary, they offered curbside only, then they moved up to curbside plus carry out. Now they are back to offering both of those options as well as allowing some to dine-in.
James said while this wasn’t her lifelong dream, it became an opportunity. Within the motel, where the restaurant is now, was a previous business venture but it did not work out. Even so, it did present the opportunity to open the restaurant after someone made the suggestion to James knowing what a good cook she is.
She said she “decided to go for it.”
For anyone interested in staying at the motel in which the cafe resides, it has 15 rooms, all non-smoking. Each room comes equipped with free WiFi and cable TV, a coffee maker, an iron and ironing board, a hairdryer, a fridge and a microwave. Maid service is provided daily.
The cafe has a solid 5/5 rating on Facebook reviews. Each review is more complimentary than the last with phrases like “A great place to eat” and “incredibly delicious.” Not only does the home-cooked food receive massive amounts of praise, but the service also does as well. Phrases such as “great service” and “friendly service” are frequently recurring in reviews.
Riverview Cafe is an important part of the community. Not only is it a regular staple for many locals, but it also provides a place for travelers to get an amazing meal without having to stray from their motel. Of course, there is also an amazing view to draw people in.
For more information about the Riverview Cafe or Motel, call 304-445-2550. There is also the option of stopping by the cafe located at 1335 Riverview Ave W, Alderson WV 24910 during open hours. The cafe posts its daily specials to its Facebook page, Riverview Cafe.
They currently offer dine-in, carry out and curbside options to ensure they are available to as many people as possible. They are open Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. They are closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday.