Fine dining restaurant to be opened at The Gaines Estate

FAYETTEVILLE, WV (WVNS) — In February 2024, a fine dining restaurant will be opened at The Gaines Estate.

The restaurant will be added on Friday, February 16, 2024, and will be open from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, with the lounge opening at 4:00 p.m.

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Chef Shane Blankenship and Sous-Chef Greg Lilly (both formerly of Dobra Zupas) were hired by Cascade Properties LLC to make classic American dishes for upscale dining.

The estate was bought by Major Theophilus Gaines, a soldier in the Union Army and former Judge Advocate for southern West Virginia, after the Civil War. The Neo-Colonial style house that exists today was built in 1920 by L. Ebersole Gaines, who was the grandson of Major Theophilus Gaines.

Although the house was nearly destroyed by a fire in 2008, it was bought in 2012 by Cascade Properties LLC who restored the house to the original design as best as they could. Once The Gaines Estate opened for business in 2020, it was used for many things such as a wedding, meeting, and event venue.

We are excited to welcome Chefs Blankenship and Lilly to our staff and to offer upscale casual and fine dining cuisine to the public. The historic elegance of The Gaines Estate and the al fresco dining opportunities of the mansion’s two decks and covered porch with views of the landscaped grounds surrounding the estate will offer a unique and memorable dining experience in southern West Virginia.

Bill Wells | One of the owners of The Gaines Estate

The fine dining restaurant will allow diners to eat in an area of a restored 1920s era house which includes a lounge that gives off a prohibition era feel, and a southern style patio.

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The Gaines Estate will still be a event, wedding, and meeting venue, however the restaurant will be closed on days with other events such as large weddings. Reservations are recommended at the restaurant to make sure that diners will have a table.

Call 304-382-7509 to ask questions about weddings, events, and meetings, as well as dinner reservations.

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