Popular restaurant locations to benefit from changes

Jun. 28, 2013 @ 05:51 PM

MIDDLEBURG — The Middleburg Steakhouse was a popular Vance County eatery for more than 35 years prior to closing in January 2012.

Lisa Blackwell has operated the popular Southern City Steak and Seafood House on Main Street in downtown Warrenton for five years.

But change is coming this fall.

Blackwell is closing her Warrenton location this week and in October will open Middleburg Steak and Seafood Restaurant in the old Middleburg Steakhouse location.

But Warrenton won’t lose a restaurant in the process.

Holly Peoples opens The Local House on July 10 at the 139 South Main Street locale in Warrenton.

Blackwell said the Middleburg building, which dates from the 1930s, is being renovated and new furniture brought in.

“The structure is in very good condition,” Blackwell said. “We’re updating the kitchen. We want to keep the log cabin character.”

It will be open Thursdays through Sundays. Blackwell said the menu is not finalized but will feature steaks and seafood.

Blackwell said she would be hiring as many as 40 employees in all phases of the business — wait staff, kitchen crew, bartenders and salad bar staff. She will start advertising the positions in August.

Holly Peoples said The Local House would continue the tradition of serving Southern style food to the people of Warrenton and visitors to the area. The menu will include “fried chicken, country fried steak and a Sunday Southern style buffet,” she said.

The Local House will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a Sunday buffet.

Peoples said she would keep the current staff of eight and add positions up to a total of 12 or 15.

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