“Huntington Prime to open Wednesday” – The Hearld-Dispatch
January 30, 2010 @ 10:35 PM
JEAN TARBETT HARDIMAN
HUNTINGTON — Michael Bowe has been waiting months to get back to what he loves. He’s been designing, overseeing construction, ordering, planning and going through the paperwork of opening a small business.
But this week, when he officially opens his new restaurant downtown, he gets to be a chef again.
Huntington Prime will open to the public on Wednesday, Feb. 3, in the West Virginia Building, in the 900 block of 4th Avenue.
Bowe, the owner and executive chef, describes the restaurant as offering moderately priced local and fine cuisine, and he’s thrilled to finally get to serve it up.
“Building (a restaurant) is different than anything else I’ve done,” he said. “Now, I get to be a chef again.”
Bowe’s focus for the restaurant is to get food from local farmers. The menu will change with the season. This winter, some of the big items include trout from Wilson Mills, W.Va., lamb from Waverly, W.Va., and pork from Mason County. The spring and summer months will focus more on produce, he said.
“I don’t think these local farmers have enough business from West Virginia,” 29-year-old Bowe said. “Restaurants don’t utilize products the way they should. I want them to promote us, and us to promote them.”
Food will be fresh, never frozen, he said. The menu at Prime will change frequently, but the signature dish will be prime rib, he said. Right now, the rib is coming from Nebraska, but he has future arrangements to get it from farms in Cabell County and Lewisburg, when those cows go to slaughter, Bowe said.
Other menu items may include pizza from the restaurant’s hearth oven, sesame pork ribs, surf and turf, stuffed eggplant, potato and onion ravioli with wild mushroom cream sauce, cast iron chicken and more.