New Diner Celebrates Morgantown’s History

Bron Kayal and Travis Tracy love everything about Morgantown, the small town vibe, interesting people and diverse entertainment.

They love their city so much they have decided to dedicate their new restaurant to tell the story of their beloved town.

Morgan’s High Street Diner, which is named after Morgantown founder Colonel Zackquill Morgan, will feature thousands of old-time pictures of the city and memorabilia from days past.

“Morgantown is historic. High Street is historic — this is an experience you aren’t going to get anywhere else in Morgantown,” Tracy said.

The diner, located across of the Monongalia County Courthouse on 250 High St., will bring a variety of finger-lickin’, home-cooked food to the Downtown Morgantown Historic District. The diner is scheduled to open by the end of this week.

“There’s really no other traditional style diner that’s serving home cooked food on High Street,” Tracy said. “We appreciate Morgantown, and I think other people that come to school here or come to visit will appreciate the fact that this is dedicated to a place that they went to.”

These two friends decided to go into business together in January 2013 to bring a fine dining concept — The Fondue Factory — to High Street. But shortly after they opened they realized it wasn’t a good fit for the downtown area and closed the restaurant in June 2014.

But they weren’t ready to give up yet.

The two business partners reassessed their demographics and came up with an idea to bring a fun, authentic and historic diner to Morgantown.

“We’re targeting people from all aspects of life — college kids, people that grew up around town, city workers — everyone,” Kayal said.

Kayal and Tracy said they wanted this to be a historic restaurant where patrons can see the progression of Morgantown throughout the years while enjoying home-cooked meals.

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Article By: Shawnee Moran, Intern Reporter for Charleston Daily Mail
Posted: Oct 1, 2014