When Pam Flynn says "quality," she means it. It can be found in every aspect of her restaurant. The menu consists of mouth-watering entrees made fresh from the finest organic ingredients. The portraits on the wall are originals from her husband’s neighboring art gallery. Even the centerpieces are made up of flowers cut fresh from her garden.
So it is no surprise that when selecting the chairs for her restaurant, Ms. Flynn settled for nothing less than solid oak furniture, handcrafted by Amish woodworkers. She purchased 50 of our New England Windsor Chairs—40 side chairs and 10 armchairs. She fashioned a warm and contemporary look by painting the chairs with a low sheen antique black, reflected also in the buffet, picture frames and large stone hearth that anchors the dining room.
The Stone Hearth Restaurant opened its doors in July 2004 in the small town of Monterrey, Virginia, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of the Shenandoah Valley. The population there is among the sparsest east of the Mississippi, and the local economy depends upon establishments like The Stone Hearth Restaurant to attract tourism, which, along with sheep herding, is the main industry.
Ms. Flynn showers her guests with the kind of hospitality given to old friends. If the weather is nice, there are tables for dining on the patio, where the gentle breeze soothes the soul and horses graze on the hilltop past the apple tree. There are plans to expand the gallery and to add a small inn. It’s a good thing, since we’ll be going back to visit again and again.
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