By Jessica Borders
Times West Virginian
GRANT TOWN —
Creekside Tavern offers an atmosphere where customers can “feel at home.”
Owner Paul Braham opened his new business at 2408 Paw Paw Creek Road at the beginning of October. He said he’s always been interested in owning a bar, and everything fell into place when he found out that the building in Grant Town was for sale.
Creekside Tavern sells beer and plans to serve liquor in the future. Braham said the business offers quick, easy and simple food options that are prepared fresh and are really tasty.
Customers can choose from a couple different specialty burgers or get the popular steak hoagie. The menu also features hot dogs, including one that is wrapped in bacon, deep fried and topped with chili and cheese. In addition, salads and appetizers like mozzarella sticks, nachos and french fries are available.
“We try to keep our prices affordable for the area,” Braham said. “Our prices are lower than anyone’s around here.”
The bar currently features two flat screen TVs, and soon a third will be added. Creekside Tavern will begin offering specials for West Virginia University football and basketball game days.
People can also enjoy the internet juke box and 50 cent games of pool. Pool tournaments will start on Thursday. Braham also plans to bring in video lottery machines in the next month or so.
Braham spent over a month getting the building, which was previously a bar, ready for business. The renovations included cleaning, painting, electrical work and more, he said.
He has additional projects in mind for Creekside Tavern, such as changing the bar counter inside. He’d also like to add an outside patio with a grill and bar of its own, as well as a horseshoe pit and a place to play cornhole.
Braham said Creekside Tavern has received a pretty nice welcome and is already getting some regular customers. The business’ fun, comfortable atmosphere sets it apart.
“We try to make everyone feel at home,” he said. “I go out of my way to please the customers, make sure that they are taken care of, and if there’s any problems, believe me, I will go out of my way to fix them.”
He runs the business with the help of three staff members. While Braham owns Creekside Tavern, he understands that it is really the patrons’ bar, and he strives to give them what they want.
Creekside Tavern is the second business started by Braham, who lives in Fairmont. He also has the Executive Café in Fairmont.
He hopes to open another bar in the area, and is looking into the possibility of downtown Fairmont. He said he wants to help meet the needs of Marion County.
“Basically I want to bring a Morgantown atmosphere to Fairmont,” Braham said.
“I’m hoping that we’re here for a long time,” he said of Creekside Tavern. “I can’t wait to open other businesses here, and I’ll do whatever I can for Marion County.”
Creekside Tavern is open 2 p.m. to midnight Tuesday through Thursday, 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 p.m. to midnight Sunday. It is closed Monday. For more information, call 304-278-BREW (2739).
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