Located inside the Buckhannon Moose Lodge on North Kanawha Street, B&L Friendly Kitchen has only been open for a couple of weeks, but staff there already hard at work trying to make their restaurant live up to its name, aspiring to be something like the Cheers of Buckhannon.
“When you come in here, we’re very friendly to everybody. We like to get to know people on a first name basis, so you’re not just a customer, you’re more to us than that,” said owner Lana Luby.
The menu includes a list of great American food, as well as a variety of daily specials that keep something different on the table for guests each day. But Luby is also trying to fill a need in Buckhannon, offering gluten-free options to her guests. While a gluten-free diet has been growing more popular, it’s also hard for those people who need it to find many different options. But at B&L, the options are much wider.
“I have to eat gluten-free and she has been really good about getting things in for me, different things, and I just really appreciate it and the food is awesome,” said restaurant patron Marie Woodyard
The welcoming spirit isn’t just a nice philosophy for staff at B&L, it’s also something they try to put to practice with their food, too. Although their menu has plenty of options, they’re always willing to do whatever they can to get their customers exactly what they’re looking for.
“If we don’t have it on the menu, ask us. We will totally make it for you if we have the ingredients, and I just want you to come here, feel comfortable, you know, talk about your family life, chat back and forth, and just be a big family,” Luby said.
B&L Friendly Kitchen is located on Kanawha Street one block north of Main Street in the Buckhannon Moose Lodge, and is open to the general public.