Our ‘Just Up The Road’ series features nearby businesses and attractions that we love. We’ll try to show a unique side of these places that aren’t necessarily highlighted on websites or in brochures. I hope you enjoy these peeks into our neighborhood, and can plan to visit one of these spots in addition to your visit to the winery!
Hungry travelers in our area will definitely want to check out the newest restaurant in Cuba, Missouri called The Fourway Restaurant. It’s conveniently located at the intersection of Highway 19 and Old Route. Anyone who is headed back to I-44 after visiting the winery will be passing right by it.
The Fourway is owned by Joanie Weir, a restaurant veteran who has worked administration for restaurants in St. Louis like Michael’s Bar & Grill and Molly’s. I stopped in to chat with Joanie this past Wednesday, just as she was getting the restaurant ready for service.
Joanie and her family have been visiting her grandparents farm in Steelville for years during vacations and weekends. Two years ago Joanie got serious about making her dream of owning a restaurant a reality. She worked with the Wallis family to lease and fix up the historic gas station located at the intersection. Visitors can enjoy a colorful mural on the outside of the building painted by artist Ray Harvey, and an eclectic collection of art & antiques on the inside that Joanie has amassed over the years.
Of course, visitors will also enjoy the delicious American/Mediterranean fare that The Fourway serves. Joanie’s son Samuel joins her as the chef for The Fourway after working the kitchen for The Block in Webster Groves. Joanie’s daughter Haley is training to be the floor manager, so this is a true family endevor!
I tried the chicken kabobs, served with tzatziki sauce and am happy to recommend that item from the menu! In fact, everything at The Fourway that I tried was made from fresh, healthy ingredients and cooked to order. They also carry a small selection of Peaceful Bend wines that I highly recommend sipping on while you enjoy your meal! 😀
Joanie hopes to expand the parking area next to the restaurant, but for now, those who are looking for parking, turn in to the side street on the far side of the grass lot and park on the gravel. It’s a short walk over to the front door, and you can enjoy a bit of the Route 66 scenery!
There’s a cute little garden spot the Viva Cuba maintains located just across the street from the restaurant. I couldn’t resist checking out the painted utility box and flowers while I was checking out the restaurant.
Well, that testimonial might just be enough said about why you need to visit The Fourway! 🙂 They are open Wednesday through Sunday from 11am to 9pm. Plus, they will be open for Memorial Day tomorrow, so stop on in if you are in the area. You can learn more about The Fourway on their facebook page here. Cheers!