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.


47 minutes ago

Mama always said, the way to someone's heart is through their stomach. Send fresh Swiftwater Pepperoni Rolls to your out of state friends & family!

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3 days ago
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We had a blast at Rolls on the River last night! Thank you to all who grabbed a sample, chatted with us about our favorite WV snack & who gave us their People's Choice tokens!

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4 days ago

Our protige Preston is excited to celebrate West Virginia Day the only way that we know how - with fresh pepperoni rolls for tonight's Rolls On The River 2019 at Hadaad!

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5 days ago

What better way to celebrate the great state of WV tomorrow than to eat pepperoni rolls down by the river?

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6 days ago

Upgrade your breakfast! Enjoy your favorite bacon, egg & cheese or sausage, egg & cheese on a delicious bagel!

1 week ago

Today's Special is our Honey BBQ Grilled Chicken Sandwich with pickles + your choice of side and a drink!

1 week ago

Have a meeting coming up? An office luncheon? We've got you covered! Download our catering menu at https://swiftwatercafe.com/ and give us a call!

1 week ago

Today's Brown Bag Concert featuring Minor Swing will be outside the Downtown Library. If you didn't pack your lunch, swing by and grab something from our Grab & Go Cooler to take with you!

2 weeks ago

A delicious breakfast just starts your day off right. Join us before work M-F from 7am-10am for breakfast!

If you're running late, call your order in & we will have it ready to go for pick up.

3 weeks ago

We are so EGG-CITED for National Egg Day today! Stop by the cafe and we will whip your eggs up however you like for breakfast for 7am-10am.

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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.


3 weeks ago

Happy Friday! The sun is out and so are our sidewalk tables! Enjoy our delicious Big Ed Burger Special inside or outside.

3 weeks ago

Smells so good in here right now!

3 weeks ago

IT'S REUBEN DAY! Stop in for lunch & grab our Swiftwater Reuben special with your choice of side and a drink!

3 weeks ago

IT'S NATIONAL BISCUIT DAY! Celebrate with a Swiftwater Biscuits & Gravy Breakfast Platter from 7am-10am.

3 weeks ago

Looking for a delicious lunch? We've got our Hickory Smoked Pork BBQ Special today, comes with your choice of side and a drink.

1 month ago

Celebrate your Friday with our Big Ed Burger for lunch! Special comes with roasted reds or baked fries and a drink🍔🥤

1 month ago

Start sending those lunch texts to your friends! It's Meatball Sub Day! Leave those packed lunches in the fridge & head down for a delicious Swiftwater Meatball Sub!

1 month ago

It’s going to be HOT today! Enjoy the sunshine and walk down for a great lunch. Today we have our Big Ed Burger Special with roasted red potatoes or fries and a drink.

1 month ago

Happy Monday! We've got our Chicken Bacon Ranch Wrap Special today, comes with your choice of side and a drink.

1 month ago

Our Thursday Special is Swiftwater Red Beans & Rice with Sausage, it comes with a homemade cornbread muffin and a drink.

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