By Charles Boothe
Bluefield Daily Telegraph, W.Va.
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Nicole Coeburn, a graduate of Montcalm High School, majored in education at Bluefield College, but said she had thought about opening her own restaurant for some time, and the timing is right now.
The Blue Spoon Cafe on Commerce Street in Bluefield is reopening its doors Monday.
Nicole Coeburn of Bluefield, new owner of the business, said it will be open for breakfast and lunch, carrying on the restaurant’s tradition of gourmet dishes as well as adding her own touches.
“I have a Mediterranean background and I like to cook fresh food, something that is different, that we don’t have in the area,” she said. “I am going to keep the favorites (at the restaurant when it was open before) and adding my own flare to the menu as well.”
Coeburn, 27, is a former employee of the Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce as well as the RailYard restaurant in Bluefield, where she was general manager and event planner.
“I started with the chamber and the love for my community grew from there,” she said. “I then started working for Tommy Cole at the RailYard and learned the restaurant business and the food industry.”
Coeburn, a graduate of Montcalm High School, majored in education at Bluefield College, but said she had thought about opening her own restaurant for some time, and the timing is right now.
“I decided to take the leap,” she said. “I had been here when it (the Blue Spoon) first opened and I knew they were looking for an entrepreneur to come in and take it over. I fell in love with it.”
The restaurant opened in October 2015 as a business incubator venture by the Bluefield Preservation Society (BPS).