Allen Savva has written his second book, “Andy’s Restaurant & Company.”
He is the son of the late Andy and Mary Jo Savva .
“My goal in this book is to show how one Greek man would meet a shy bony kneed country girl and the two of them would met and get married and would venture into unknown territory that would take them to Cleveland, Ohio, where Andy would become top chef at the Sheraton Hotel for 13 years,” Savva said. “ He would have five kids during this time, saving his money and returning back to Madison, W.Va., where he would take a mortgage out for what would become the one and only ‘Andy’s Restaurant.’”
Savva said the book tells the tale that through the years he would feed some famous people whose pictures are in the book.
“In the beginning of Andy’s Restaurant he sold tickets for Trail-Way buses and would later buy Frank’s pool room and expand his business,” he said. “He also worked and fed the Rotary Club, the Lions Club, and the Bowling Leagues, the Football teams in the school systems. He also worked the snack bar at the Madison Swimming Pool and the River Side Country Club.”
Andy’s Restaurant was at the corner across from the Boone County Courthouse from 1968 to 1985.
“Earlier, in 1983, he would take on Chief Logan State Park, because Madison started to decline in business,” Savva explained. “He would for awhile travel back and forth to both restaurants. There he would meet new friends.”
Savva said he wanted to thank all who took part in his dad and mom’s life.
“For it is you who made Andy’s a place that is remembered today,” he said. “Andy’s also had the first pizza’s a large deluxe for $2.75. He also fed former Miss America Debbie Wolfe and former Secretary of State A.J. Manchin at Chief Logan State Park. Manchin would come from Charleston in his state helicopter for a plate of Andy’s spaghetti and meatballs.”
“I would now like to thank all the waitresses, cooks, dishwashers and maintenance men,” Savva said. “You were some of the best. Like Easter Supthin, who worked there until she passed. Special thanks goes to my dad’s great friend C. R. Duncan and the West Virginia State Police and the Appalachian Power Company and their families who gave my mother a Beautiful white Bible in an oak case when Dad passed. My goal though this is not a big book, It is a powerful story to let the old-timers recall a time when the town was full of life. And the new comers to appreciate and see a little glimpse into a time and place that we call home. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for making Andy’s a place that still lives today in the hearts of all who knew him.”
The book will be featured in the magazine Publishers Weekly.
(Fred Pace is the Editor for the Coal Valley News. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 304-369-1165, or on Twitter @fcpace62)