The Times West Virginian

January 19, 2014

Mom’s Place open again after remodeling

By Jessica Borders
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Mom’s Place has always been “just like home.”

“Everybody knows everybody,” said Lori Valentine, who recently took over the family restaurant with her husband Jessie.

Lori explained that the business, located at 39 Phillips Lane directly across from the old Westinghouse building, has been in her family for 23 years.

Her parents, Leonard and the late Jeannie Satterfield, officially got the place up and running on June 22, 1990.

Leonard built the restaurant, which started out with just two rooms.

“This was my mom’s dream,” Lori said.

She said her great uncle, Tommy Rosser, was the one who actually talked her mom into opening the restaurant, which the two of them named together. He died about three months after Mom’s Place started up.

Over the years, everybody in Jeannie and Leonard’s family helped out at Mom’s Place, which is filled with memories, Lori said. The business has gone through several expansions, but the same comfortable, homey environment has remained.

Lori and Jessie’s four kids grew up at the restaurant. Their children include son Jessie Jr., who is married to Misti; son Jenson, who is engaged to Emily; daughter Laloni, who is engaged to Tracy Fetty; and son Cole.

Jeannie, whom everyone called “Mom,” really enjoyed the business and had so much fun with it, Lori said. When Jeannie was battling cancer for nine years, the restaurant helped keep her spirits alive. She passed away nearly six years ago.

“She was a strong lady,” Lori said of her mom. “Everybody loved her.”

Mom’s Place recently closed, but then at the end of October, Lori and Jessie decided to take over the management and help Jeannie’s legacy live on. After 23 years in operation and some wear and tear from a lot of business, the place needed a facelift, Lori said.

The restaurant was closed for six months. During that time, the structure got a new roof, the front and back dining areas were revamped, new ductwork and insultation were installed, and energy efficient measures were taken. All the remodeling work was done by family and friends.

“We’ve got wonderful family and wonderful friends,” Lori said.

She commented that she and her husband feel so blessed for all of this support.

Lori said the customers were really excited when they found out that Mom’s Place would continue operating, and it has been staying busy since. Many people have adopted Mom’s Place as their home.

The friendly atmosphere is described well by sign on the back porch that reads “Enter as Strangers and Leave as Friends.” About 10 or 12 employees — including many family members — run the place.  

Lori said the restaurant was built on its biscuits and gravy, which is a customer favorite. With the variety of the menu, anyone who visits can find something to order that fits their tastes.

The menu includes an array of breakfast items, which are served all day long, as well as sandwiches, hoagies, salads, steak, shrimp, desserts and more, all at affordable prices. Everything is prepared as ordered, and is not pre-cooked, she said.

Daily specials and soups are available, and a breakfast bar is also offered Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In addition, parties or meetings can be held the back room of the restaurant.

Mom’s Place is open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Lori and Jessie love spending Sunday afternoons with their two grandchildren, 2-year-old Trenston and 5-month-old Aislyn.

For more information on the restaurant, call 304-534-8055.

Email Jessica Borders at jborders@timeswv.com or follow her on Twitter @JBordersTWV.