Christopher’s Eats first to open at new Summit development

March 22, 2019
The Summit Eatery, Lifestyle & Wellness Center is located along U.S. 60 in the Pea Ridge area between Huntington and Barboursville.

Christopher’s Eats has now doubled in size after being the first business to open at the new retail development called The Summit Eatery, Lifestyle & Wellness Center along U.S. 60 between Huntington and Barboursville.

A grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony took place this month with local officials, guests and the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce for the restaurant that previously was located just down the road in Barboursville.

“We have been really blessed by the support we have always received from the community,” Chris Dixon, who co-owns Christopher’s Eats with his cousins Jeremy and David Adams. “Christopher’s Eats is not changing. We just outgrew the space we were in, and now we will be able to do more of the things our customers have been asking us for, like banquet space for things like wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, anniversary parties and other private meetings and events. We also have some cool outdoor space as well.”

The new Summit retail development will create 50,000 square feet of commercial retail space with multiple tenants, according to its developer, Jeremy Adams of Palace Properties. He also is co-owner of Christopher’s Eats.

The new development, which is still under construction, will eventually offer commercial retail space for 12 to 15 tenants.

The multimillion-dollar strip mall will be unique, according to Jeremy Adams.

“We anticipate other businesses moving in over the summer,” he said. “We will have a meat shop called The Butcher Shop, Edward Jones Financial, a home decor store, a med spa. We are also talking with other health-related businesses to fill up this new center.”

The facility covers over 2 acres with five different buildings and will have nearly 150 parking spaces with another lot with parking spaces for employees of the center.

Adams said The Summit is going to be a health-based service shopping center.

“We want to give shoppers an alternative choice when it comes to health care, eating and exercise,” he said.

The development will create approximately 100 to 200 fulltime and part-time jobs, Jeremy Adams said.

Jason Beter, owner of Oscar’s Breakfast, Burgers & Brews in Barboursville, said he will move his restaurant into the old Christopher’s Eats location.

“We have two different restaurants needing to get bigger to serve their customer base,” said Bill Bissett, president and CEO of the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce. “I think both of these restaurants will only do better in their new locations.”

Barboursville Mayor Chris Tatum also attended the ceremony and said the new retail development is exciting news for the area.

“There is a need in this area for retail space like this and it will only help bring more people to Barboursville,” he said. “This is a good day for everyone.”

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