The Gap Gazer: April 2019

Updated: Mar 30, 2019

Hello Faithful Readers!

This month I finished the Gap restaurant update began in March. It is amazing that after Webb's Country Kitchen closed unexpectedly, the town was without any restaurants and then eateries began springing up and sending down roots again. Now we have four diverse places to eat here as well as shops and events which bring a unique artistic tone to the Gap.

Walt, I and the dogs feel so blessed to have been led here. Never thought my childhood dream of a mountain home would really come true. No longer do I have to imagine mountain beauty through books, now I can look about me! I am so fortunate to be able to share this experience with all of you.

Kathy Matthews

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Volume 11, Issue 4

L: A harbinger of a southern spring!

R: When the red, red robin comes bobbin’ along!

Relax! Gap Creek Coffeehouse

Tousled by a gentle breeze, sipping gourmet coffee, listening to the Gap Creek bubble, and feasting on a plethora of menu items while the towering mountains protect from the outside world above. This “Happy Place’ becomes reality at the Gap Creek Coffee House.

Owned by Joe Wolfenbarger and Tony Maxwell, this homey eatery has been in its current location for six years. Inside, porch and outside seating are available.

The newest menu item is the Country Ham Sandwich and favorites from their ‘something for everyone’ menu are the Chicken Salad Sandwich and the Strawberry Chicken Salad.

Gap Creek has catered events as small as 10 and as large as 700. The number for catering information is 423-801-3100.

Go to 710 Pinnacle Alley and enjoy coffee drinks, ice cream and/or a relaxing meal at the Gap Creek Coffeehouse 363 days a year between the hours of 8 AM and 9 PM!

Thumbs Up Ray & Jesse!

Jesse Thompson and Ray Paul attained a rare honor when a recently performed statewide Sanitary Survey was performed on the Gap water system. The system received a 100% rating! A perfect percentage is not often awarded statewide.

When the town of Cumberland Gap first took over the maintenance of their own water system, Thompson reports this rating was only 78%. The survey was an onsite review of the water source, facilities, operation and maintenance of the water system and means the team of Thompson and Paul have maintained a water system which can deliver totally safe drinking water and the documentation to prove this!

Pinnacle Pub —The Gap Cheers

Local! Friendly and warm! Offering a huge collection of beers on tap plus some exciting menu items! The Pinnacle Pub is located at 719 Pennlyn Ave and has operated there since June of 2017.

A variety of burgers and fries, wings, appetizers, including the popular sweet corn nuggets and loaded tots, are available to tickle the taste buds and fill the stomach. Though the restaurant is the only local establishment to limit on-site patrons to 18 years and above, take out dishes are available by calling (423) 724-6467.

The pub’s proprietors Kayla and Blake Luck keep their patrons active and sociable with corn hole games, darts, pool tables, and card games as well as other frequently advertised events.

These owners have first worked hard at establishing an interior welcoming atmosphere and now have begun thinking of improving the look of the Pub’s exterior. An “English Pub” is thought of a welcoming stress-free, place to meet up with friends over a meal and a beer and this is what the Pinnacle Pub is becoming through the hard work and imagination of the Lucks.

Visit the Pinnacle Pub Mon.-Thurs from 3 PM to 11 PM; Friday from 4 PM to 2 AM; on Saturday from 12 PM until 2 AM and Sunday from 12 PM until 8 PM.

Angelo’s in the Gap-Still Evolving!

Owner, Kevin Larew has developed Angelo’s in the Gap from the original Italian Pizzeria restaurant it was at its inception to the popular dining establishment it now is.

The busy dining venue offers a full menu of alcoholic drinks as well as high gravity and craft beers. Sports, pool, and comradery are featured in the bar area and musical entertainment and a wide variety of meals are served on three floors in the restaurant area.

Angelo’s responds to many local causes and is a popular venue for local charity fundraising. Angelo’s outside deck brings drinks and dining into the fresh air when the weather is inviting.

Check Angelo’s in the Gap Facebook page for a current listing of ongoing musicians and events.

In March and now in April, the Gazer has explored the four excellent and very unique restaurant experiences in the Gap. With these choices available, why would one eat anywhere else!?

Dog Park Maintenance

The ‘Kaitlyn DeVries Memorial Dog Park’ was established as the ‘Cumberland Gap Dog Park’ during the summer of 2016 by the LMU student volunteer Fire Department. At that time the Aldermen Board agreed to a memorandum which gave the Fire Department a year to maintain their Park.

In response to the Fire Department’s request that the town would then take over the Park, the Board voted that it would not take the park over unless they took a ‘public review’ and determined if the city had adequate resources to maintain the park.

The July 2016 Aldermen minutes states that the city did not at that time have adequate personnel to do this. When Mayor Pucciarelli took over the Board, the city began maintaining the Park with seemingly no public review. Recent complaints from local users were sent to city hall and the absent poo bags were immediately replaced. The abundance of excrement piles are to be picked up by LMU vet school students according to the city’s response.

All Park users are encouraged to monitor their own animals, pick up leavings and prevent dog disagreements, making the Park usable to all.

Upcoming Events

Cumberland Mountain Music Show featuring the music of mountain life with Steve and Debbie Gulley. Apr. 13 & May 11 @7:30 pm - LMU Convention Center. $12 at the door

Mountain Fiesta Apr. 19 &20 11am-5pm Music throughout the celebration of all things Latin American. Sponsored by J Frank White Academy of LMU.

The Spring Fling Antiques Arts & Crafts Returning by popular demand! April 27, 2019 Starts at 9 am.

Art Extravaganza June 1, 2019 10 am-7 pm Cumberland Gap Artists’ Co-op. Music by Three Dog Night Celebration Band from 4:30-6:00pm

Harvest Moon Festival Oct.12, 2019 More details upcoming

Genealogy Jamboree October 18-19, 2019

Pumpkin Lights Oct. 29,30,31, 2019 Bring you best carved pumpkin for prizes!

Victorian Christmas December 7, 2019 —Mother and Father Christmas 10-3 Whole Day celebration Downtown

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