By Jessica Borders
Times West Virginian
Starkey’s Sports Bar in Mannington is a place for all kinds of people from different walks of life.
This family-owned and -operated sports bar officially opened for business downtown at 115 Market St., beside Mountaineer Florist and Gifts, on July 12. Susan and John Starkey, from Mannington, are the owners, and their daughter, Johnna Starkey Moore, is the manager.
When the old theater building became available, the Starkey family decided to create a place of their own there. Susan said she had been interested in opening a bar for a long time.
Mannington has some private clubs that require memberships, but was lacking a type of venue where the community could hang out, watch sports and enjoy food and drinks, Johnna said. People had to go outside of the town to find that type of atmosphere.
But now, the community has Starkey’s Sports Bar. Susan said everyone is welcome.
“It’s definitely a place that you want to come to if you’re looking for a good time,” Johnna said. “It’s a safe place. We don’t tolerate any fighting. It’s a family-run bar.”
She said they didn’t really plan to begin operations on July 12. But once their business license was official, they went ahead and opened the doors and ended up having a great crowd that first night. Word has spread, and business has continued to go well since then.
“We have great food,” Johnna said.
Starkey’s Sports Bar offers a little bit of everything, she said. Susan’s signature sausage hoagies have been getting a lot of compliments, and the hot dogs, featuring Susan’s chili, are good sellers, too.
The menu also features grilled chicken, BLT and pork barbecue sandwiches, hamburgers, cheeseburgers and more. Many of these items are homemade and include fresh produce from Susan’s garden.
Johnna said the establishment offers daily food specials with “unbeatable prices,” including 50 cent hot dogs every Tuesday.
Because Starkey’s Sports Bar doesn’t have a lot of restaurant seating, the family really wants to encourage the community to do takeout orders. They are also considering delivery service in the future.
The venue currently offers beer, and intends to eventually upgrade to wine and liquor.
The outside of the building is vibrant — painted blue and gold in honor of West Virginia University.
“We wanted to go with a Mountaineers theme,” Johnna said. “We’re so proud of West Virginia.”
Inside, customers will find a pool table, an air hockey table, and sports flags and decor. Starkey’s Sports Bar has two TVs right now, and there are plans to bring in more. On Oct. 1, lottery machines will be added.
The family spent a couple months painting, upgrading the kitchen and doing other remodeling work, and would like to tackle additional renovations.
The team of Starkey’s Sports Bar also includes Susan and John’s son, James B. Jones-Starkey, and daughter, Misty Starkey, and Chris Gump, a cousin, who all work as bartenders/cooks. Susan’s brother, Terry Jones, was very involved in painting and working on the building.
“We’ve got a pretty good support team,” Johnna said.
The business is open 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday. For more information, call 304-986-7125 or visit Starkey’s Sports Bar on Facebook.
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