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Stoney’s Oyster, Whiskey Bar Opens in Downtown Martinsburg | Winchester star

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Nicole Stoneberger recently added Stoney’s Whisky, Wine and Raw Bar to the businesses she owns in downtown Martinsburg.

Both Nicole and Jamey Stoneberger, her husband and business partner, have an entrepreneurial spirit.

“We knew from the start that we wanted to start a second business sooner or later in the area,” Jamey said. “We bounced around with the idea of ​​starting a restaurant because I’ve been in the restaurant industry most of my life. We knew we wanted to do this in downtown Martinsburg and we wanted to bring something downtown that downtown didn’t have.

Since Nicole launched Nikki Visions, her hair salon in Martinsburg in 2016, the couple, originally from Harpers Ferry, have been passionate about downtown Martinsburg and its growth — they even bought a house downtown.

“You know, as is the case when you’re in this kind of thing, everything falls into place at some point. We’re relying on Jamey’s expertise and experience for this concept, that’s for sure” , Nicole said.

Jamey noted that the oyster bar trend is something you see popping up in big cities.

“We thought, let’s incorporate a raw bar where people can come in, get fresh oysters, great lobster rolls, a variety of whiskeys, things the town of Martinsburg doesn’t have,” he said. .

Jamey started his career when he was young, traveling to Washington, DC to work for most of his life.

“Of all the experiences, where I really found a home and learned a lot about the restaurant industry was with the Clyde’s Restaurant Group in Washington, DC,” he said. “The largest restaurant group in the Virginia, Maryland, DC area. It’s just a company that knows how to treat its employees, train its employees and treat its guests. That’s why they’re successful, and I’ve learned a lot working with this group of restaurants. »

Nicole said that since 2016, she and her husband have fallen in love with downtown Martinsburg and the idea of ​​developing it.

“We’ve met a lot of really great people who are really passionate about downtown and rebuilding it and everything that’s going on there,” Nicole said. “We really wanted to be a part of that somehow.”

Stoney’s 10-person team are passionate about what they do, the Stonebergers said.

“We were lucky to hire an excellent team. We couldn’t ask for more,” Jamey said. “They care about the quality of the food distributed. The bartender is always busy, keeps the bar clean, makes sure the drinks come out exactly the way they’re supposed to, so we were lucky to have a great team. Everyone was there. »

One of the main things Nicole and Jamey wanted to keep in the forefront when starting Stoney’s was to keep it small and nice.

“Stoney’s mission is to bring the community together like family and create a place where everyone is welcome with amazing drinks, fresh food and familiar faces,” they said. “The community gets that feeling when they come to Stoney’s. We are very grateful to the people and to the town of Martinsburg and the support they have shown us.

Jamey said Nicole let him name the business after his last nickname, Stoney.

“My dad’s name is Stoney, my brothers, my cousins ​​and everything comes from my grandfather who was called Stoney, a WWII veteran who died in 1981,” he said. “All the men in my family were nicknamed Stoney. It’s a big last name for me.

Saturday nights at Stoney’s usually include live acoustic music. Stoney’s food and cocktail menus will be added monthly.

Stoney’s is located at 119 E. Martin St. in downtown Martinsburg. Phone: 304-901-5989.

Find him on Facebook, Instagram and his website, stoneyswhiskeyrawbar.com.

Reservations can be made through Facebook or the website.