Jeremy Suttles' small stature and quiet demeanor belie the powerful spirit of determination with which he operates in business and in life. It was his dogged determination and his family's support that made opening Boondock's Sports Bar & Grill on U.S. Hwy 221 South a dream come true for him.
Jeremy and his business partner Justin Riddle purchased the building at exit 85 and US Hwy. 221 South in hopes of expanding fresh, local dining options and giving back to their community. Flanked by his mother (pictured left), Linda King, and his grandmother, Lora Suttles, Jeremy's smile reveals the pride and sense of accomplishment he felt at the recent Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting for the new eatery. His commitment to his family and his hometown is part of what inspired him to purchase and transform the former Mountaineer Pub into the inviting, casual pub it is today. "Marion deserves more options for dining out and my goal was to offer a great menu that is affordable to everyone."
The redesign took four months to complete and involved the whole family, including Justin's relatives, Janis Riddle and Ann Keen. They sourced labor locally
for everything from electrical to plumbing. Jeremy believes in the local talent and went out of his way to find workers and products in McDowell for the design and the menu. As a tribute to the building's former occupants, there are even menu items from the Mountaineer Pub as well as its original restaurant tenant, Carolina Chocolatiers.
City officials, Chamber Ambassadors and staff, along with other local business owners and supporters came out to congratulate the Suttles on the opening and to enjoy samplings from the menu and tour the facilities. The main room offers two-top pub tables and bar seating and a separate dining room offers room for larger parties. A screened room to the side and a game room toward the back with pool tables provides ample options for seating and fun.
The redesign was beautifully done with softer paint colors and rustic wood tables, hard wood floors and upgraded restrooms. The Suttles hope to attract locals as well as travelers stopping off for a rest. Jeremy says the public reception thus far has been very enthusiastic with more than 8,000 meals served so far.
Boondock's offers a private party room with reservations and creates dishes using locally sourced items from P & R Produce as well as meats. They are open Sundays-Thursdays from noon to midnight and Friday and Saturday from noon to 2 a.m. The majority of the menu items are under $10. There are appetizers including fried green tomatoes, sliders, and fried pickles, great salads, sandwiches, their specialty wings, entrees, and regular specials.
Visit their website at Boondocksmarion.com for a complete menu and more. They are located at 4201 U.S. Hwy 221 S and can be reached at 828.756.8300.