The Whitetail Cafe
Address: WV Route 74, Pullman, WV
In the quiet town of Pullman is a restaurant themed in honor of an animal very familiar to West Virginians. The white-tailed deer runs wild all over Ritchie County. While the deer sometimes dent our cars, eat our flowers, and munch on our vegetable gardens, they are a staple of the area. For sportsmen, the abundance of deer provides an exciting and rewarding experience during deer season. And of course, it is always a thrill to see a deer up close. The Whitetail Café pays homage to this animal and is run by the husband and wife team of George and Jeanie Topper.
The original Whitetail Café opened around 2001, but was open only a year and a half before its doors were closed. In November 2005, George and Jeanie moved to Pullman and, much to the delight of local residents, reopened the Whitetail Café. Though they didn’t know much about the restaurant business, they decided to give it a try. The restaurant has become a hit and is known for friendly service, all day breakfast, and large pancakes. The restaurant also serves a variety of sandwiches, salads, meats, and lunch and dinner platters. For dessert, a local lady makes homemade pies and Jeanie occasionally bakes scrumptious brownies and cakes.
During hunting season, the restaurant asks hunters, who stop for a bite to eat, to write the names of their hunting camps on dollar bills, which are then hung on the wall. Those dollar bills are beginning to add up and the restaurant has quite a collection. Along with the hunters, the Whitetail Cafe has a group of regulars and here, like most places in the county, everybody seems to know everybody.
Since reopening, George and Jeanie have remodeled the building, repainting and decorating the walls with deer-themed quilts, rugs, hats, paintings, and wallpaper. The restaurant includes impressive mounted deer and a stained glass window made by local artist Sunny Newman, who has more work for sale in Colonial Retrospectives, A Gallery. The deer decorations have even extended outside the restaurant and two wooden deer greet customers as they pull into the parking lot.
The Whitetail Café is on Main Street in Pullman. To get to Pullman, take Pullman Road, next to the Harrisville Rite Aid or if you are in the Pennsboro area, cross U.S. Route 50 and take W.V. Route 74 to Pullman. The restaurant is open Monday-Saturday 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sundays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and don’t forget that George and Jeanie’s delicious breakfast is served all day long. To contact the Whitetail Café, call 304.659-.2145.