The Blossom Dairy
West Virginia Commercial has always had a focus on historic preservation and revitalization. In fact, West Virginia Commercial proudly helped broker a recent deal to reopen the historic Blossom Dairy restaurant on Quarrier Street in downtown Charleston. The restaurant held a successful grand opening in the fall of 2015 and continues to grow and adapt to the local culinary market.
The following article highlights how the new, young owners of the much loved and iconic Blossom are creating a fusion of old and new in the heart of Charleston. West Virginia Commercial has been highly supportive of the success of the Blossom, from analyzing and approving build-out to collaborating with the new ownership on permitting. West Virginia Commercial has also sent its team members to frequent the Blossom, including holdings the annual Christmas luncheon and gift exchange in this retro themed eatery.
Bringing back Blossom Dairy: Downtown restaurant prepares to reopen
November 9, 2015
Source: WV Gazette
Revamping the Blossom Dairy has been a labor of love for Valerie and Tim Street, who started renovations on the iconic downtown Charleston restaurant in August.
“Much more involved,” is how Tim Street described the process of reopening the well-known diner.
He and his wife also own EZ Street, a bar in St. Albans. Tim Street said that opening was “turnkey.”
“Everything we did there was cosmetic. Here, there was nothing,” Tim Street said.
But Blossom, which has been closed for some time, needed plumbing, updated electric and some TLC as part of its makeover. The blue booths that once lined one side of the restaurant have been replaced with tables and chairs. The Streets built a red topped bar complete with glowing blue lights through its glass.
“This is a long time coming,” Valerie Street said.
Blossom will serve lunch and dinner. The menu will feature sandwiches, soups, salads and a few entrees. The Streets plan to feature 10 coleslaws paired with different sandwiches. They’ll also have liquor milkshakes and eight beers on tap, seven of which are promised to be West Virginia brews. They’ll eventually fill growlers.
“Everyone’s going to local beer and people want to support local businesses and small business. It keeps, I think, West Virginia grown,” Valerie Street said.
While the Streets are breathing new life into the place, they’re going to keep some of the old standards Blossom Dairy was known for. Those items include hot dogs, egg salad and tuna salad.
The Streets are hoping to have a grand opening Nov. 23, the Monday before Thanksgiving — “if it all goes as planned and everything works,” Tim Street said.
The Blossom Dairy Co. opened in 1927 and operated several stores in Kanawha County. Local restaurateur Bill Sohovich opened the Quarrier Street location in 1994 and kept it open until fall 2010. Three partners reopened it a couple of months later, but that version abruptly closed its doors in July 2012.
The latest incarnation of Blossom will feature head chef Bill Freeman, who was head chef at Soho’s, another Sohovich establishment.
The couple is still looking for a hostess, as well as a few servers and cooks. Staff starts training this week, they said.
The Streets are excited to open, but understand they have big shoes to fill. Tim Street said downtown merchants and business owners have been very welcoming as they have been working over the last two-and-a-half months.
“All the other small businesses have been so supportive and helpful,” he said.
“We have tons of cheerleaders here,” Valerie Street said.