Published Sep 01, 2013
“We want you to feel like you’re part of the Harpers Ferry Bolivar culture when you come in here, and that you are going to get good service and good food.”Carrie Ellen Gauthier, Canal House Café
Canal House Café is serving patrons creative comfort food at a 1820's stone building in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.
The team cooks fresh every day in a small kitchen that was the original cook house. This is a place where locals, friends, and neighbors gather to eat in town. You'll feel like you're apart of the Harpers Ferry Bolivar culture when you visit this sweet historic café.
My name is Carrie Ellen Gauthier and I am the owner of the Canal House Café in Harpers Ferry West Virginia.
The building is an 1820s stone building, it’s been here quite sometime. I want it to feel as you enter the house that you’re entering an old home and that you are a welcome guest here. We love the town - we love the people.
There was no local gathering place so we started out with an ice cream shop. That just did not bring in enough revenue, so we added lunch and then finally 3 years ago we added dinner.
We have a very limited kitchen capacity here. This is a unique old building and we are probably cooking at what was the original cook house.
We try and cook fresh every day. Somebody’s chopping, another person is making bread, we’re figuring out what fruits in season for the dessert. It’s a lot of hard work in a tiny little kitchen.
We are trying to do creative comfort food. It’s awesome fresh delicious local food. It’s very basic, there’s no pretension in our food at all. This is a place where friends gather, neighbors gather. It’s where the locals eat in town, so we want you to feel like you’re part of the Harpers Ferry Bolivar culture when you come in here, and that you are going to get good service and good food.