CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (WDTV) - Bluebird restaurant and store on Main Street has been a fixture of Clarksburg for decades.
"It's actually a hundred-something year old business. I'm probably the fourth or fifth owner of it," said Bluebird's owner, Eric Leaseburg.
"I really can't remember not coming here; From the time I was a kid, my parents worked in and around downtown and would bring me here," said Heath Frazier, a lifelong customer.
The eatery is a hodge-podge of activity; in the front, is a grocery and in the back, is the restaurant and deli.
"It's an everything. Some people do say it's like places you see in New York City; a little bit of groceries, deli, and the hot food section," Leaseburg said.
"Everything from breakfast to lunch is just so good, home-cooked, fresh...the staff and everyone is just so friendly here," said Patrick Petitto, who said he's been a customer at Bluebird for at least 10 years.
While the owners may have changed, one thing has stayed the same: the recipe for their famous fried chicken.
According to Leaseburg, the secret to great fried chicken, is "a really good deep fryer."
"Our most popular food of course is our fried chicken; today's baked steak is also a popular item. We do a lot of deli sandwiches and soups," he said.
Not only is the Bluebird a hot-spot for food, it's also a great place to catch up on community gossip.
"It's like Clarksburg's cafeteria," said Leaseburg.
"You see a lot of faces, people you grew up with and work with, and have good conversation," said Frazier.
What keeps Bluebird in business, is simple:
"Fair pricing and good food. People will come back," Leaseburg said.
Leaseburg has plans to create a Facebook page and website for Bluebird sometime in the spring. He is also working on a mural on the back wall of the building, and is planning to update the storefront.