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James Beard awards ceremony honoring Jim’s to be streamed live online

May 4, 2019

HUNTINGTON - Jim’s Steak and Spaghetti House is considered one of the city’s most iconic restaurants, and earlier this year was named the 2019 America’s Classics winner in the Southeast region by the James Beard Foundation.

“This is a really big deal,” said Jimmie Tweel Carder, the restaurant’s managing owner. “We are thrilled to know that we were selected for this prestigious award.”

The James Beard Foundation is a New York City-based national nonprofit culinary arts organization named in honor of James Beard, a food writer, teacher and cookbook author who was also known as the “Dean of American Cookery.”

Each year since 1998, the James Beard Foundation Awards Committee has recognized the nation’s beloved regional restaurants. In the history of the awards program, nobody has ever taken a James Beard medal home to West Virginia until now.

Carder said the award ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, May 6, in Chicago and will be live-streamed online at jamesbeard.org/awards.

“My brothers, Larry and Ron, who are also owners of the restaurant, will travel with me to Chicago, and we are really looking forward to it,” she said.

Jim’s Steak and Spaghetti House was started in 1938 by Jim Tweel as Jim’s Dairy Bar, selling ice cream cones for a nickel. In 1944 Tweel expanded his business by adding a spaghetti house next door.

The two businesses merged in 1948 and were renamed Jim’s Grill and Spaghetti House. In 1962 the restaurant was remodeled and formally changed its name to Jim’s Steak and Spaghetti House.

“I never thought Jim’s would get into the national spotlight, and I know my dad and mom would be tickled that what they started more than 80 years ago is getting this type of attention,” Carder said.