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.


1 day ago

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

2 days 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!

3 days 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.

5 days ago

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

1 week ago

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

1 week ago

Well butter my biscuit(s) it's National Buttermilk Biscuit Day tomorrow (May 14th)!

Set those alarms earlier so you can pop in for breakfast and treat yo self to our delicious biscuits & gravy ... See more

1 week ago

Having one of those of Mondays? Don’t worry, we’ll help you turn it around with a great lunch!

Our special today is our Honey Mustard Chicken Sandwich with lettuce, tomato and a house-made ... See more

2 weeks ago

Finally Friday! Which means we have our Big Ed Burger Special!

2 weeks ago

Happy Thursday! We have our Top Round Roast Beef Special today with lettuce, tomato & horseradish on Semolina. Take a walk and come visit us!

2 weeks ago

Find Moana in Davis Park before the Brown Bag Concert featuring the Charleston Rogues and return her to the cafe or Swiftwater General Store for a FREE LUNCH!

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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! Our special today is our Spicy Swiftwater Club - with ham, turkey, swiss, american cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato & a house made sriracha mayo on toasted semolina.

1 month ago

Looking for a delicious BLT? You found it.

Stop in and make it a meal with chips & a drink!

1 month ago

Doesn't it feel great when someone treats you to lunch?

Administrative Professionals Day is April 24th - show your appreciation with a Swiftwater Catered Lunch!

Download our catering menu at ... See more

1 month ago

Monday is back, and with it our Swiftwater Lemon Pepper Chicken special! Comes with your choice of side and a fountain drink.

1 month ago

It is National Grilled Cheese Day!

Celebrate with our Swiftwater Italian Grilled Cheese Sandwich with pesto, tomato and a balsamic reduction.

1 month ago

Our Thursday Special is our Swiftwater Reuben! Eat in or take it to-go, we promise you can't go wrong.

1 month ago

Happy Monday! We've got our Grilled Chicken Sandwich Special today which comes with your your choice of side & a drink.

1 month ago

The sun is out and our special is Pizza Grilled Cheese. Stop by at lunch and enjoy a great lunch to go with this sunny day!

1 month ago

Change up your go-to with our Hickory Smoked Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwich, with our homemade creamy slaw on a steamed bun. Grab a bag of kettle chips and a drink of your choice to make it the perfect ... See more

1 month ago

Happy Monday! We’ve got our Swiftwater Grilled Chicken Quesadilla on Special today!

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