The Custard Stand in Summersville celebrates opening Aug. 5

The Custard Stand Summersville ribbon cutting
Guy Cowger Photography

Hundreds of people turned out for family fun, great deals and free samples at The Custard Stand restaurant in Summersville on Saturday, Aug. 5.

The Custard Stand-Summersville is along U.S. Route 19 in One Gateway Center shopping plaza across from Walmart. This is the sixth location of The Custard Stand in West Virginia. The others are in Danville, Elkins, Flatwoods, Oak Hill, and Webster Springs.

The Custard Stand Summersville opening celebration winner
Abby Rowand of Fairmont accepts the $100 check for winning the Opening Celebration drawing at The Custard Stand-Summersville from Assistant Manager Triston Ware.

During the Opening Celebration, besides the great food and treats, customers also enjoyed music from Sister Simms and a live remote with Al Sergi of The Boss 97 (WDBS-FM). Along with a face-painting station, children enjoyed a giant slide in the parking lot while adults played rounds of corn hole.

Abby Rowand of Fairmont won $100 in our Opening Celebration drawing.

“We are grateful to our neighbors in the community, the tourists, elected officials and members of the Summersville Chamber of Commerce who stopped by,” said Angie Cowger, co-owner of The Custard Stand LLC and Custard Stand Food Products, both based in Webster Springs.

“We couldn’t have asked for better weather!” said Dee Cowger, co-owner of The Custard Stand LLC and Custard Stand Food Products. “It was perfect for the families who played corn hole and brought their kids to try out the giant slide.”

Brian Aluise, a Regional Coordinator with U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), read a letter from the senator during the ribbon-cutting ceremony. “This business that began 26 years ago with the Cowger family in Webster Springs has flourished into a treasured legacy throughout the Mountain State,” Manchin wrote. “The success of The Custard Stand is a shining example of the American dream.”

U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-WV) sent a letter praising the day as a testament to the Cowgers’ hard work and dedication in expanding their footprint and creating jobs in the region. “I have had the honor and the enjoyment of eating my fair share of Custard Stand hot dogs in Webster Springs over these past few years, and their homemade chili is second to none,” Jenkins wrote. “The City of Summersville is getting a treat with this new opening.”

Other elected officials and community leaders attending the opening celebration included Summersville Mayor Robert Shafer, Nicholas County Commissioner Ken Altizer, and Summersville Area Chamber of Commerce board members Steve Ferguson and Karen Mullens.

Zhoe Lesher of the Summersville Area Chamber of Commerce applauded the Cowgers for already becoming involved with the community by providing food for the Chamber’s Membership Appreciation event on June 9.

The Custard Stand Summersville WV
Guy Cowger Photography

The restaurant opened in mid-May and seats 45. The hours are Monday-Thursday: 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. and Friday-Sunday: 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. The interior’s signature red-and-white retro vibe found in The Custard Stand restaurants in Elkins, Flatwoods, Oak Hill, and Webster Springs.

The Summersville menu features hot dogs with Custard Stand Hot Dog Chili, hamburgers, Custard Stand Chili Soup with Beef and Beans, sandwiches, fries and soft serve ice cream treats such as milkshakes, sundaes, banana splits and at least 30 flavors of soft serve and premium custard.

Like the other locations of The Custard Stand, folks can stock up on Custard Stand Hot Dog Chili — the Official Chili of WVU Athletics — and Custard Stand Chili Soup with Beef and Beans.

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