VIENNA - After 22 years of business in three locations in the area, the Paradise Grille at 1403 Grand Central Ave. will be closing its doors on Jan. 1.
The Paradise Grille will be open as normal until the closing date, including on New Year's Eve, said owner Autumn Moore. The normal hours are from 4 p.m. until they slow down for the evening, usually after 10 p.m.
After many years in an industry filled with stressful situations, Moore is ready to move on to something with less stress and fewer complications, she said Friday. "It was a difficult decision to make to close down the restaurant, but I know that it was the right choice," said Moore.
Photo by Gretchen Richards.
Autumn Moore, owner of the Paradise Grille in Vienna, poses with the giraffe decoration in her restaurant. The Paradise Grille will be closing on Jan. 1, after 22 years of cooking and catering for the Mid-Ohio Valley.
Since the death of her husband, Tim Moore, four years ago, Autumn has continued to run the Paradise Grille by herself, she said.
"I feel that it is just time to move on to the next stage in my life, and leave the restaurant business behind," said Moore. "I will still be in the food business once the Paradise Grille closes, so people will see me around town, but I won't be running things here anymore," she said.
The Paradise Grille has 10 employees, none of which are full time, said Moore. Many of the employees have been with the restaurant for 10 years or longer, said Moore. The Paradise Grille has treated its employees like family, she said.
"I want to thank my employees from over the years," said Moore. "I commend each of them for their help and their service to make the Paradise Grille the wonderful place that it was," she said.
Moore issued a special thanks to the owner of the building, Bob Parrish, and her personal banker, Randy Snider with Community Bank. "Both of these men have done so much for me over the years," said Moore. "Especially after my husband died, they both stepped in and did everything they could to support me and the restaurant through that difficult time," she said.
The Paradise Grille has moved several times during its existence. When the doors first opened in 1989, it was in a log cabin on U.S. 50, she said. "That was my favorite of all the locations," said Moore.
Later, it moved to the Ramada Inn near U.S. 50, where it served as the restaurant for the hotel for several years, said Moore.
When improvements were made to U.S. 50, the Ramada Inn closed its doors, and the Paradise Grille shut down for two years.
In 2004, the Paradise Grille opened again at its new home on Grand Central Avenue. The building was specially built for the Paradise Grille, said Moore. The building will be available for rent after the Paradise Grille closes, said Moore.
Inside the restaurant is a wooden bar that is more than 100 years old, said Moore. The bar was well cared for in its previous home, a fraternal order in St. Marys, before the Paradise Grille bought it and moved it to Vienna, said Moore.
The bar, along with everything else in the restaurant, will remain on-site after the restaurant closes, said Moore.
"I am hoping that someone will be interested in buying the contents from me in order to open a new business on the spot. We have everything that is needed for a restaurant here; all someone needs to do is turn the key," said Moore.
Moore reflected on her accomplishments as a local chef and the awards she has won over the years.
"You really do forget about your own accomplishments until you take the time to go back and reflect about everything," said Moore.
Three weeks after the Paradise Grille opened, Moore "won every award at the Marietta Taste of the Town contest," she said.
Throughout the years, Moore has received the Chamber of Commerce Cook-Off award several times. She has won first place three times, and second place once.
She recorded five seasons of her own show on Network West Virginia, called "Cooking with Autumn," said Moore.
"I thank all of my customers from across the years, and ask them to continue supporting other local businesses in the area, regardless of what industry that business happens to be in," said Moore.