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MORGANTOWN -

As the weather begins to cool it makes you miss the beach, the sun, and the summer, but there is one place in Monongalia County that may cure those blues.

It's called Tropics Restaurant and Bar and it's located at 2500 Cranberry Square, just off the Cheat Lake exit in Monongalia County. The restaurant proves that West Virginia is more than just wild and wonderful, but has a little bit of Hawaii.

"Me and my husband came from Hawaii a year ago and opened Tropics. It's Hawaiian fusion food," said owner Maria Burchfiel. "We have everything from pizza, burgers, wings, but we also have more traditional Hawaiian food like Hawaiian poke, which is a seafood item served raw."

The restaurant features a massive and beautiful deck that seats 250 people.

"I have guests that come in and come back here and are whisked away for an hour or two, and they feel like they're on the beach for an hour or two," Burchfiel said.

"It's a change, it's not just your regular burgers and fires," said customer Janet Ellis. "It's better than bar food. I like it."

Tropics' menu is more than just unique to the area. The restaurant said there are just a few like it on the entire east coast.

"Oh the pork. The pork, the cabbage, the rice, that's my most favorite," Ellis said.

"I love having the opportunity to serve the flavors that are so close to me a familiar to me from home, and serve them to a new genre of people," Burchfiel added.

A dinning room expansion inside will help Tropics take the Hawaiian feel indoors.

Indoors or outdoors, at the end of the day its all about leaving with a smile.

"One thing I think is a big selling point for us is to give great customer service, or to make them feel ohana or family," said Burchfiel. "I know it's cliché but a sense of ohana is really big back home, and that's how we want our guests to feel, like they're part of the family when they come here."

Tropics is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 2 a.m.