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.


2 days ago

A rainy Friday calls for a delicious lunch! Order a Big Ed Burger Special & dine-in or pick up or get some office buddies together and order delivery. Plenty of options.

3 days ago

Stop in today for our Swiftwater Honey Mustard Ham Sandwich Special! It's topped with swiss, lettuce & tomato and comes with your choice of side and a drink.

6 days ago

Does anyone else hear Napoleon Dynamite when you read the word quesadilla? Ok just me. Stop by & get yourself a dang quesadilla!

1 week ago

Did you know that Burgers account for 60% of all sandwiches sold? Or that on average, Americans eat 14 BILLION burgers every year - that equals out to more then 440 burgers per second. Don't give it ... See more

1 week ago
New Study Shows Correlation Between Employee Engagement And The Long-Lost Lunch Break

Lunch breaks are important. Duh. Now it's proven to be healthier to leave your office for lunch. We fully endorse a delicious Swiftwater lunch followed by increased productivity. ... See more

Encouraging employees to take regular breaks throughout the day, including lunch breaks, is an easy way for employers to boost employee wellness along with work performance.

1 week ago

The rain held off for today's Brown Bag Lunch Concert! Which means you can pick up our Big Ed Burger Special and head on over to the United Bank Plaza for live music 🎶 at lunch!

1 week ago

Looking for something delicious to serve at your office for an upcoming meeting? We've got ya covered, and we will even set it all up for you to make it easy.

Check out our catering menu at ... See more

1 week ago

Mondays are better if you have lunch plans, stop in for our Swiftwater Grilled Chicken Sandwich special with your choice of side and a drink!

2 weeks ago

TGIF with our Big Ed Burger Special! Let your weekend start at lunch 🍔🥤

2 weeks ago

Today's Special is our Swiftwater Pizza Grilled Cheese! Stop in and switch up your "regular" for something special!

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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.


2 weeks ago

Upgrade your breakfast! Enjoy your favorite bacon, egg & cheese or sausage, egg & cheese on a delicious bagel! If you are in a hurry, call us and we'll have it ready for you!

2 weeks ago

When life gives you lemons, we make our Swiftwater Lemon Pepper Chicken Sandwich. The special comes with your choice of side and a drink.

3 weeks ago

Our Monday special is our Swiftwater Honey BBQ Chicken Sandwich, which comes with your choice of side and a drink.

1 month ago

Fridays are better with our Swiftwater Big Ed Burger! The special comes topped with your favorites and your choice of roasted red potatoes or baked fries +a drink!

1 month ago

Get some fresh air and join us for lunch! We have our delicious Swiftwater Roast Beef Sandwich Special today, which comes with your choice of side and a drink.

1 month ago

It is official Hot Dog Day - and we've got the best dogs in town with our all beef Boar's Head, steamed buns and all your favorite toppings.

1 month ago

HAPPY FRIDAY! You made it through the work week - so celebrate at lunch with our Big Ed Burger!

Comes with your choice of roasted red potatoes, baked fries + a drink!

1 month ago

Today's special is our Swiftwater Club Wrap - ham, oven gold turkey, swiss cheese, bacon, lettuce & tomato with a side of our homemade ranch. Special comes with your choice of side + a drink!

1 month ago

Happy Hump Day! We've got our Big Ed Burger Special waiting for ya!

1 month ago

It's finally Friday and we've got our Big Ed Burger Special with your choice or roasted red potatoes or baked fries and a fountain drink.

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