BUCKHANNON — The Social Bar and Grill is the hot new spot in town. Webster County native Bryson Clevenger has lived in Buckhannon for the last eight years and has worked in the service industry since his days at Glenville State College. Clevenger is now the proud new owner of The Social downtown. Clevenger said, “If you really want to make it in this industry, you have to go out and do it on your own.” Clevenger further stated, “Buckhannon is my happy place, this is home.”
Clevenger has worked diligently over the past three months to clean, decorate and enhance the atmosphere of his pub-style dream. He’s been open for approximately four weeks and has enlisted the help of his two best friends during his busy periods at the establishment. Clevenger is excited to finally host a Grand Opening on Saturday, September 28, beginning at 7 p.m., when he will unveil his signature drink specials and the Rox Band will perform live.
Clevenger stated, “Although I have worked in every aspect of the food service industry, I knew I would face many challenges in being an owner.” Clevenger adopted the menu from the previous owners and depending on how business continues to progress, he may add or take away certain menu items. Clevenger reported that his non-GMO wings are definitely a favorite of his clientele, and the Rueben and Philly sandwiches are his other best sellers so far.
Ultimately, Clevenger wants to have a true pub menu and experience for his patrons, who he hopes will stop in after work, loosen their tie and relax before going home for the evening. Clevenger indicated that several local businesses have been ordering bulk to-go lunch orders, which he is glad to fulfill. He also has enjoyed a steady flow of customers throughout the day, and has seemingly been busiest between the hours of 7 – 9 p.m.
Clevenger would like to host lives bands monthly. He was a music major at GSC and music is a common theme throughout his establishment. Although his signature drinks will not be revealed until Saturday night, he did give a peak into the drink line by saying they were all named after music albums. Clevenger also has an interestingly designed wall in the bar, where he used metal as the face and hung small records all up and down the wall.
The Social is open Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. until 2 a.m. and Saturday 4 p.m. until 2 a.m.; closed on Sunday and Monday. The Record Delta staff and the community wish Clevenger the best in his new endeavor as a local small business owner.