Road Trip to the restaurant: Betty’s boots
BEVERLY, W.Va. — On May 4, we went to Betty’s Boots, soon to be Betty’s Boots and Diner, in Beverly, where owner Amanda Mastrogiuseppe did everything she could to stay open during the pandemic.
For 20 years, Betty’s Boots sold nothing but boots, but when keeping inventory became difficult due to the pandemic, Mastrogiuseppe decided she had to add something to keep her business going. First, she added more items for sale and finally decided to open a kitchen in December 2021.
“I have the will not to give up. I’m a very dedicated person and I’ve put in tons of effort to stay where we are, so when we couldn’t get any boots I was kind of like, we have to find something,” said said Mastrogiuseppe.
There are a variety of homemade dishes on their menu, and they serve hand-dipped ice cream, milkshakes, and homemade desserts.
“But if you ask for something we can do it, it doesn’t have to be on the menu,” Mastrogiuseppe said, “Some will come in and say ‘oh can I have some chicken balls today’ , and he like, well, okay, give me about 10 or 15 minutes, and I’ll get you set up,” head chef Vida Cantwell said.
In addition to a home-cooked meal, you can find boots, belts, primitive decorations, 31 bags and more at Betty’s Boots and Diner.
“I want it to be unique and different so people stop and say ‘hey, look at all the cool things they have in there,'” Mastrogiuseppe said.
Betty’s Boots is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. They are closed on Sundays, but Mastrogiuseppe said that as they grow, Sundays grow with them. Betty’s Boots can be reached at (304) 591-4500.