Midway Restaurant caters to many types of travelers

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 14, 2007

IVOR—One six-acre tract of land on the south side of Route 460 just outside of Ivor has been home for a restaurant under several different names during the years.

First established under the name, The Homestead, in the early 1950s, it has always been a successful family-type eatery, although it has not known the popularity it is capable of.

Its new owners plan to change all that.

Recently purchased by Woco Xpress, the restaurant has been renamed The Midway. But the owners did not stop there.

The tract has been developed to include a convenience store, 20 fuel pumps for both gas and diesel, a 50-space auto parking lot and ample overnight parking spaces for dozens of tractor-trailers.

&uot;We have included something for all travelers,&uot; said co-owner Shinda Bharij of the travel plaza. &uot;In addition to a place to eat, the convenience store has showers for truckers and of course, whatever fuel they may need.

&uot;We also have truck scales,&uot; he added.

Opening within the week, the restaurant will serve traditional foods, including seafood, beef and chicken.

There also will be home-cooked vegetables and desserts.

For the diner who wishes to purchase a snack for the road, there are Virginia Diner peanuts and Stuckey’s candies.

Chef Jeff Nichols said breakfast will be served all day here, not just during the morning hours.

&uot;We also have a children’s and senior citizen’s menu,&uot; he said.

Scheduled to be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, it will stay open until 10:30 on Friday and close at 8 p.m. on Sunday.

The owners are now hiring waitresses and cooks and will soon hire personnel for the convenience store.