Since opening in June of 2015, The Hardware Bar & Grill in Hillsville has been receiving rave reviews locally and beyond.
“A Jewel in Southwest Virginia,” “You Won’t be Disappointed,” “Fine dining in Hillsville,” “Incredible find in Blue Ridge Mountains,” and “The best gourmet burger I ever ate!”
Those are just some of the 46 reviews on TripAdvisor, where The Hardware Bar & Grill is rated a five-star eatery and has been listed as the number one restaurant in Hillsville for several months.
“We got number one on TripAdvisor for Hillsville and we have stuck at number one for four or five months now, so things are good,” said Logan Tiebout, who owns and operates the restaurant with his wife Kelley. “We still get a lot of really good reviews on there, which brings us a lot of travelers and sends people off the interstate to us.”
Offering Hillsville a true taste of fine dining, The Hardware Bar & Grill quickly made its name on the local scene with such menu items as shrimp and grits, crab stuffed salmon, and surf & turf that became instant staples of the restaurant. Everything is made from scratch and all meats and burgers are local, coming fresh from Slaughters in Floyd County every day.
While most dinner items range between $13.95 and $18.95, the restaurant has added some new items to make a special dinner affordable for most incomes.
“We have added some new menu items so we can kind of hit all ranges. There is something for everybody,” said Kelley Tiebout. “We want people to come out and have a different kind of experience, but also have some good food. You won’t always have to come out and spend a lot. We have tried to make it more affordable.”
A popular new feature of the restaurant has been the Sunday Brunch, which began in February. Making items available such as Eggs Benedict, Seafood Newburg Crepes – house-made crepes stuffed with shrimp and jumbo lump crab with a light cream sauce served with fresh fruit – and chicken n’ waffles, Sunday Brunch has been extremely popular.
“We’ve had a few Sundays already with some wonderful turnouts. People really seem to enjoy it,” Logan Tiebout said. “It’s a nice spot to come after church and finish out your afternoon. We have drink specials, too, such as mimosas that a lot of people like on Sundays.”
He’s especially excited about a new menu within the next month or so with expanded options. One in particular Tiebout is pleased to offer is a pork tenderloin dish paired with another new partner of the restaurant – Carroll County’s own Foggy Ridge Cider.
“We have a new pork dish coming out we are real excited about that is featured with the local Foggy Ridge Cider’s Pippin Gold, which is like an apple brandy,” Tiebout said. “We glaze a pork tenderloin with that with some sweet potatoes and fresh collards.”
Speaking of Foggy Ridge Cider, freshly made in Dugspur, the Tiebouts are pleased to report they will be doing the Foggy Ridge Chef series in August.
“We just brought on their ciders about a month ago. They told us it was the closest alcohol-producing facility to us and they make these wonderful ciders from all Virginia apples,” Logan Tiebout said. “We try to support local brands, and once you try these you won’t want to try Angry Orchard or Bold Rocks or any of the others.”
Hardware Bar & Grill also offers unique specials each week. You can usually find the most current specials on Facebook on Hillsville Happenings or Galax Talk of the Town, or by simply going to Hardware Bar & Grill’s own Facebook page. Fresh desserts available at the restaurant will also be listed.
The restaurant also has a full bar with approximately 50 beers to choose from, with four of the six taps dedicated to local craft beers. The Hardware’s wine selection continues to grow as it tries to support locals such as Foggy Ridge.
“We are hoping to have our liquor license so we have the full ABC privileges within the next couple of months,” Logan Tiebout said.
The restaurant has been so well-received, it was chosen last summer as the dining place for then-Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer and much of the university’s athletic staff for a part of a video titled “This is Home.” Beamer gathered for a large dinner there with family and friends prior to completing the video in his hometown of Fancy Gap.
“It was awesome having him come in and having his meal. With us just starting out, it kind of made it like, ‘Alright, this is real,’” Logan Tiebout said. “It just felt awesome that they would pick us to come here and give us a try. It was really special for us.”
As for future plans, the Tiebouts would like to take advantage of the stage behind the restaurant. Discussions have taken place with the town about capitalizing on to the popular Summer Concert Series with a couple of separate events. For example, on Memorial Day and similar occasions, some thought has been givien to having a rock n’ roll concert with a feast featuring crawfish or a crab leg broil.
Hardware Bar & Grill is happy to offer the restaurant for parties and large occasions. The restaurant hosted a 200-person party in January and held several Christmas parties ranging from 10 to 80 people. It will host a wedding party this summer.
“Any special party, birthday party or private event, we can do. Prices vary depending on if they want hors d’oeuvre or buffet-style,” Logan Tiebout said. “We have done catering before. If someone is interested, we just ask they let us know ahead of time – a couple of weeks is preferable.”
Located at 508 North Main Street in Hillsville, Hardware Bar & Grill is currently open from 4-9 p.m. Wednesday-Friday from 4-8 p.m. and from 12-9 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The restaurant can be reached by calling (276) 728-3141.
“Things are going great,” Tiebout said. “We are getting a lot of great reviews and we feel like people are really enjoying the product we are putting out.”
Allen Worrell can be reached at (276) 779-4062 or on Twitter@AWorrellTCN