Queenie’s Southern Restaurant and Bar Coming to Canton

Downtown Canton continues to grow with a new restaurant from Zach Kell and family: “Queenie’s Southern Restaurant and Bar“, named in honor of Zach’s mother, nicknamed Queenie.  Kell also owns the popular Goin’ Coastal Seafood and Downtown Kitchen restaurants. This southern style meat plus two restaurant will be located at 151 Main Street , recently built by HighRidge Partners.  We had a chance to talk to Kell and get the Scoop on his exciting new venture.

queenies_logo_final_text-06Kell stated that the cuisine at Queenie’s is southern rooted with a modern take. They will offer small plates along with a number of proteins including smoked meats, fried chicken, and pot roast. A dozen fresh seasonal sides will be offered and desserts will feature cakes, pies, puddings and shakes. A full liquor bar will also be available offering a wide array of craft cocktails, spirits, local beer and wine.

The kitchen will be lead by Chef Brett Ashcraft, a local Canton resident with past experience at Star Provisions and most recently Century House Tavern.  Ashcraft is also a skilled farmer who has been selling his prized produce at the Canton Farmer’s Market.

The vision of the restaurant is to offer fresh, southern food that is moderately priced so guests will visit regularly in the dining room and use their take out option; which will have call in and online ordering.

Kell said:

We want to give our guests as many options a possible to give their family fresh and honest scratch made food to enjoy in their busy lives.

The family friendly, southern style restaurant will be located in the beautiful 151 Main Street building, that was 151_main_renderingbuilt to look historic in keeping with the Downtown Canton look and feel. Locals may remember this area as “the hole” after a fire decades ago. The building has been built for awhile, but has started leasing office buildings on top, with “Queenies” being the only restaurant below.

Downtown Kitchen was established 12 years ago. Kell then expanded with Goin’ Coastal Canton 8 years ago and Goin’ Coastal Virginia Highland 6 years ago. “Queenies” should be open late February or early March 2017.  We will have to be patient for their signature meatloaf recipe, as well as their other southern traditional foods. Thank you to Kell for sharing The Scoop with us.

Canton has seen other new businesses open recently including Green Line Brewery, featuring hand-crafted brews; and B.little, which opened around the corner from its sister store, B.loved.

It is an exciting time to be a Canton resident and watch new businesses make Canton their home, and we especially like to see more restaurant choices. We see a permit sign for another restaurant coming called Local on North from the owners of Real Fix Pizzeria.

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