Quinets Court Restaurant Open For Business As Usual
Downtown New Martinsville has had a great meeting place and restaurant since Raymond and Ruth Quinet opened the Court Restaurant in 1941. Now 79 years later they are still going strong in their third generation of operation. What started out as a small breakfast and lunch eatery for the locals and business people of the community has since turned into a well known eating establishment where people come from hundreds of miles to get a taste of home cooked meals and deserts. Breakfast is also a favorite with everything from delicious omlets to steak and eggs.
While there have been times when closing the restaurant because of local flooding was necassary, nothing has compared to the order given on March 18, by Governor Jim Justice, which shut the doors for 64 days the longest in their history.
Owners and operators of the establishment Matt and Nancy Quinet, who followed Matt’s dad Jim Quinet as owners took advantage of the recent closing because of the COVID-19 Pandemic to make several upgrades and changes for the benefit of everyone, including employees and patrons. There has been no doubt employees and regulars were anxious to get back together, as you are greeted with a smile and regulars are once again enjoying each others company and conversation.
First time visitors to the restaurant are usually amazed at the pictures and history of the area they find hanging on the wall. Everything from past Presidents, State and federal Politicians, movie stars and sports stars from days gone by, who have paid a visit to taste the baked steak, white fish or delicious pies and cakes.
After the two month shutdown several positive changes now greet customers as they enter the establishment. The same buffet is still there to satisfy the hungry, but changes in how it’s operated have made it a much safer venue.
“One of the blessings we have at Quinet’s is a tremendous amount of space. We have both a menu to order off of and our buffet, which will be served to our customers by our staff. We will also offer curbside pick-up to those wanting that option,” said Matt Quinet.
Operating at 50 percent capacity Quinets are still able to safely accommodate 150 customers. They have all the COVID-19 regulations in place.
No one with a fever or symptoms of COVID-19 is permitted in the restaurant, social distancing of six feet separation from seating to seating is required, all areas between diners will be sanitized and there is no self service. Waitressess will serve each customer.
“Rest assured we will follow every protocol as established by our state and local health departments. We understand that this will be a different experience for all of us and we are committed to serving you in a capacity where you feel most comfortable,” stated Nancy Quinet. “We appreciate all of your support during these unprecedented times. We continue to navigate the guidelines to assure safety for our families, employees, and our community.”
Matt said, they have used the down time to deep clean the entire restaurant. “We have deep cleaned all of our equipment, walls, floors, pictures and more. We also did some minor renovations and painting.”
He add the big change is from a self serve buffet to a buffet where the customer can tell the waitresses what they want and it will be brought to the table or you can walk up to the buffet and they will dish the food out to you. He said they will also continue to have their favorite menu items, and continue to serve an atmosphere of fun friends and great food!
After Raymond and Ruth opened and ran the restaurant from 1941-1987, their son Jim Quinet and wife Barbara took over the business and ran it from 1987-2008. It is now in it’s third generation. The restaurant started out as a one room restaurant and has expanded to four rooms. The Quinets pride themselves on a place to enjoy home comfort food while spending time with family, friends and neighbors.
While in the restaurant please take the time to enjoy their historical decor, iclunding a 1930 Ford Model A, and a painting of former heavyweight boxing champion of the world Jack Dempsey. Demsey gave the painting to Matt’s grandfather Raymond and it has hung on the wall ever since. Quinets is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you are a regular or first time visitor from far away, you ar invited to get “Fueled by Quinet’s.”
Each year Quinet’s host the Jim Quinet Memorial Scholarship 5-K run/walk in July. This years event is still going on as usual and is being planned for Saturday July 25th. This is one of the areas premier 5-K events and draws a nice crowd, unless circumstances change, everyone is invited to join in the fun, get a T-Shirt and meet up with some old and new friends. Awards will be given out in several age divisions in the run and walk races.
The Quinet family has been good neighbors to the community of New Martinsville for many years, they invite you to come and enjoy a fine meal in a relaxed atmosphere, where you’ll be treated with kindness and respect, while dining among the good people of New Martinsville and surrounding area. The food choices are endless and range from their special baked steak to fried and baked fish and a variety of other dishes. The salad and dessert bars are loaded with your favorites. Prices are moderate and if you go away hungry it’s your own fault.