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Welcome to The Coop, Owned by Cunninghame West. His culinary journey began as a dishwasher/busboy at Mountain Lake Lodge in Giles County, sparking his dream of owning a restaurant. Post-high school, Chef West ventured out west, gaining valuable experience under esteemed chefs in Hawaii, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Seattle, and Las Vegas.

The Coop, Chef West's third venture in the Blacksburg area, reflects his passion for honest and delicious food. In 2004, he opened The Bank, a fine dining establishment in the historic bank building on 101 Main Street in Pearisburg, Virginia. After a successful run, Chef West accepted an invitation to open the third Valentino restaurant in Houston, Texas, achieving recognition and awards.

 

Returning home and to his roots in 2014, Chef West launched the Black Hen Restaurant to much acclaim. After Leaving The Black Hen, He began working on a new restaurant concept, The Coop.  Finally,  In 2018, The Coop joined the scene, quickly becoming a local favorite. Despite the challenges of 2020, The Coop adapted while staying true to Chef West's commitment to a great dining experience.

 

Looking forward, Chef West is refocusing on a relaxed dinner experience at The Coop. Join us in historic downtown Blacksburg to savor freshly made dishes crafted by Chef West. Welcome back to The Coop, where flavorful food meets a warm and inviting atmosphere.

 

Come meet Kaity, our Front of House Manager and Head Bartender at The Coop since 2019. With over 12 years of experience in the service industry, Kaity is the friendly face behind the bar.

Originally from New Jersey, Kaity came to Virginia in 2013 to pursue studies in mathematics at Virginia Tech. Since finding her way to The Coop, she's become an integral part of our team. Kaity's mixology skills have earned her a nomination for the Best Cocktail in Southwest Virginia—an achievement she takes in stride.

Described as a hardworking team player, Kaity is adored by everyone at The Coop. Her warm and welcoming demeanor adds a personal touch to the dining experience. Whether she's crafting your favorite drink or ensuring your visit is enjoyable, Kaity brings her dedication to every aspect of her work.

Join us at The Coop and enjoy the friendly ambiance Kaity helps create. Here's to great company, good drinks, and the genuine hospitality Kaity brings to our cozy spot. Cheers!

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