About Us

About Us

 Lisa and I met while attending Marshall University.  I met her on campus and invited her to go whitewater rafting with me on the New River where I was working as a river guide.  After that, we were inseparable.  I graduated from MU with a degree in Business Management.  I left WV and moved to Atlanta, GA accepting a position with a fortune 500 company.  Soon after I asked Lisa to marry me, she too left our beloved state and joined me in GA for 4 years.  Lisa worked as a Nurse Practitioner.

 After the birth of our 1st child, a son named Bode, the homesick feeling we already suffered continued to grow.  After thinking long and hard we made a mutual decision to move back home.  Although we would be giving up financial security we felt it was worth more to be home.

My Dad, Eddie Queen, had been running a lunch joint called “Big Ed’s Café”.  After hearing of our wishes to come home he generously offered to turn ownership over to us.  We agreed and that is how Swiftwater Café came about.

Since 2003 we have been striving to make continual improvements, while providing the Downtown Charleston area with quality breakfast and lunch options.  Our wishes are to offer our customers friendly, fast service, while setting new standards for quality and customer service downtown.  At the same time we also want to share our love of West Virginia and the swiftwater rivers in our state.

My family has grown to include Adeline, Bode, and Henry the dog

My staff and I work long hard hours to provide service Monday-Friday while my wife works as nurse practitioner.  Any free time we have, we spend it on a piece of land we own on Beauty Mountain by the New River where we started our life together.  We are building our future one lunch at a time.

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1 month ago

Stop in today for our Big Ed Burger! The special comes with our roasted red potatoes or fries and a drink 🍔😁

1 month ago

Today is a perfect day for Grilled Cheese & Soup! Stop in and grab a hot lunch today and choose one of our homemade soups:
Tomato Basil
Savory Bacon & Potato Chowder
Cajun Chicken & Rice ... See more

1 month ago

Trying to think of that perfect gift to send out of state? We can help you!

Send your friends & family out of state Swiftwater Pepperoni Rolls!

Call in, or stop in to let us know the name & ... See more

1 month ago

Mondays can be rough, make your lunch something special with our Swiftwater Chicken Bacon Ranch Sandwich!

2 months ago

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Swiftwater Cafe! We hope you enjoy time spent with family and good food.

We will be closed Thanksgiving Day & Friday to give let our hard-working staff enjoy ... See more

2 months ago

A few turkey tips for tomorrow:

1. A blast of high heat = crispy skin! Increasing the heat at the beginning or end of cooking your bird will bronze and crisp the skin.

2. Check the temp - put ... See more

2 months ago

Everyone loves a nice juicy turkey, but there are a few oven tips to help make it happen.

1. If you can fit your roasting pan in the long way, put the turkey in the oven with the legs pointed ... See more

2 months ago

Tis' the Season.... to send Swiftwater Pepperoni Rolls to your loved ones! We send fresh pepperoni rolls to your out of state friends & family, and they definitely feel the love!

Thanks to Bob ... See more

Sibling love is - coming into work to find a box of Swiftwater Cafe pepperoni rolls from your brother!!! THANK YOU Bob!!! 😄😄😄

2 months ago

Stop in today for our Honey-Mustard Chicken Sandwich special with your choice of side and a drink!

2 months ago

Some more turkey tips to help you prepare for Thursday!

1. To stuff or not to stuff? Stuffing your turkey means it takes longer to roast & you risk an uneven cook. We suggest you bake your stuffing ... See more

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