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.


1 month ago

Happy Thursday! We've got our Cajun Turkey Wrap Special today - pepper jack cheese, lettuce, tomato and our homemade cilantro mayo. Special comes with your choice of a side & a fountain drink.

1 month ago

Don't forget to grab our Big Ed Burger Special before heading over to the Brawley Walkway for today's Brown Bag Concert with Singer-Songwriters!

The FREE CONCERT runs from 11:30am- 1:30pm and is a ... See more

1 month ago

We hope all of our customers have a safe & fun 4th of July celebrations! To allow our staff to celebrate, we will be closed Thursday & Friday.

1 month ago

Summer days are just better with Swiftwater Hickory Smoked Pork BBQ - trust us.

1 month ago

It's a beautiful Monday to stop by for our Lemon Pepper Chicken Special!

1 month ago

It's finnnalllyyy FRIDAY! Which means it's Big Ed Burger Day around here! Stop in for our delicious 🍔, just how you like it with roasted red potatoes or baked fries + 🥤

2 months 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!

We had a lot of questions about this at Rolls on ... See more

2 months ago
Photos from Swiftwater Cafe's post

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!

We love being out in ... See more

2 months 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!

Meet us downtown for ... See more

2 months ago

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

Buy your tickets today for Rolls On The River 2019 ... See more

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