[caption id="attachment_24269" align="alignleft" width="400"]<img src="https:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2019\/04\/DSC_0261.jpg" alt="" width="400" height="533" class="size-full wp-image-24269" \/> BILL\u2008MILLER\u2019S METAL working skills are impressively evident throughout the restaurant. Mim stands in front of a sheet of metal from the old charcoal plant which has been given new life as a work of art security gate. L.D. Bennett photos[\/caption]\r\n\r\nLaura Dean Bennett\r\nStaff Writer\r\n\r\nIt\u2019s taken years of blood, sweat and tears, but Mim Miller\u2019s dream of having a restaurant is finally coming to fruition and getting to this point has been a real family affair.\r\n\r\nThe long-awaited, \u201cMim\u2019s Kitchen\u201d will open Thursday, April 18, at 11 a.m. \r\n\r\nThe Millers \u2013 Bill, Mim and their 12 year old son, Kane, moved from North Carolina to build a new life here in Pocahontas County.\r\n\r\nAs they have the know-how and the gumption to do things for themselves, they built their own house and renovated an old church building \u2013 now the site of Mim\u2019s Kitchen.\r\n\r\nMim will be serving what she calls \u201cgood old-fashioned home-cooked food \u2013 everything will be made from scratch.\u201d\r\n\r\nYou\u2019ll find Mim\u2019s Kitchen at the intersection of Stony Creek, Jerico and Woodrow roads in the former Stony Creek Chapel, just across the road from the old log church.\r\n\r\nThe Millers came from Westminster, South Carolina \u2013 near Clemson \u2013 where Bill ran a successful excavation and construction business. After the recession, they decided it was time for a change.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe liked Pocahontas County right away,\u201d Bill said. \u201cThere was so much open space and freedom here, and we really liked the people.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe\u2019re simple people, and we felt like we fit right in.\u201d\r\n\r\nSo, 18 years ago, Bill and Mim bought 30 acres on Stony Creek, the former site of the \u201cold charcoal plant,\u201d and made plans to build a house.\r\n\r\nWhile he was building their home, which sits behind the restaurant, Bill had two serious health scares which threatened to derail their future.\r\n\r\nBut, Bill finally got back to it, and six years ago, as he was beginning to work on the house again, the Millers were offered the little piece of property on the corner of their place, where an old, empty church sat among an overgrowth of shrubbery and weeds.\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_24271" align="aligncenter" width="600"]<img src="https:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2019\/04\/DSC_0267.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="397" class="size-full wp-image-24271" \/> The d\u00e9cor in Mim\u2019s Kitchen says, \u201cWelcome home.\u201d It is tastefully decorated with plants, Blue Willow china, mountain laurel and love.[\/caption]\r\n\r\n<img src="https:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2019\/04\/DSC_0266.jpg" alt="" width="400" height="553" class="alignleft size-full wp-image-24270" \/>\r\n\r\nAlthough the church was built back in 1928, the Millers found that it \u201chad good bones,\u201d Bill said.\r\n\r\n\u201cAnd it\u2019s so beautiful,\u201d Mim added, \u201cwe didn't have the heart to tear it down. We wanted to do something with it and give it a new life.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt\u2019s always been Mim\u2019s dream to have a restaurant, so that\u2019s what we decided to do,\u201d Bill explained.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe\u2019re so proud of this place,\u201d Mim said. \u201cWe hope to please people with good food and a homey atmosphere.\u201d\r\n\r\nWhen you walk into Mim\u2019s Kitchen, you'll be pleased right away.\r\n\r\nThe place has a dramatic, but cozy, feel with its 17-foot ceiling, a wood burning stove set before an impressive rock backdrop, original tongue and groove walls decorated with blue willow china with added touches of mountain laurel.\r\n\r\nA graceful balcony seating area overlooks the restaurant below.\r\n\r\nOriginal schoolhouse light fixtures, added to Mim\u2019s handmade light fixtures and artwork, make the space a one-of-a-kind design.\r\n\r\nAnd all the work was done by the Millers.\r\n\r\nThe family does everything, makes everything and builds everything they need.\r\n\r\n\u201cAll the wood in here, we cut ourselves on our own sawmill,\u201d Bill explained. \u201cAnd we gathered the mountain laurel for the stairway from the woods.\r\n\r\n\u201cWhatever we can\u2019t make, we don't have.\u201d\r\n\r\nLooking closely at the metal work in the heavy gate swinging from the front door and at the pot rack in the kitchen, you\u2019ll see Bill\u2019s fine workmanship.\r\n\r\nThe metal is from the kilns of the old charcoal plant.\r\n\r\nThe 60-seat restaurant includes balcony seating for 10-to-12 and an upstairs \u201cparty room\u201d which will seat 20 people for private gatherings or can be used for overflow when the restaurant is extra busy.\r\n\r\nMim\u2019s Kitchen will also accommodate special groups on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday when the restaurant is closed.\r\n\r\nMim has 40 years\u2019 experience in the restaurant business and, besides, she was raised on a farm so she knows what hard work and \u201chome cooking\u201d are all about.\r\n\r\nPeople in Pocahontas County have gotten to know her cooking and baking skills over the last several years. She\u2019s been cooking for Teacher\u2019s Week every year, and IGA customers have been enjoying her elaborately decorated cakes for more than four years now.\r\n\r\nMim and Bill both stress the fact that all the food will be fresh and made from scratch \u201cwith no processed meat,\u201d Mim states firmly.\r\n\r\nAnd it will be served cafeteria-style.\r\n\r\nThere will be real mashed potatoes made with chicken broth and garlic, baked potatoes and baked sweet potatoes, soups served in bread bowls and shepherd\u2019s pie.\r\n\r\nThe restaurant will always have two soups to choose from and a specialty sandwich of the day.\r\n\r\nDepending on the day, there\u2019ll be delicious offerings such as French dip or barbecue sandwiches, or Mim\u2019s famous chicken salad.\r\n\r\nThe salad bar will offer interesting toppings, and the salad dressings will be made from scratch. All of the breads and rolls will be baked on the premises by Mim.\r\n\r\nThere will be plenty of temptation in the dessert department \u2013 cookies, cheese cake, carrot cake, German chocolate cake and Mim's famous pies.\r\n\r\nGuests will register when they visit and, once a month, there will be a drawing. The winner will receive free lunch or dinner for two.\r\n\r\n\u201cPeople have been stopping by to see what we've been doing for a long time now,\u201d Bill said.\r\n\r\nIt\u2019s been a long time coming, but the family can finally say that Mim\u2019s Kitchen is a reality.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe way things have worked out, we think this must have been meant to be,\u201d Mim said.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt\u2019ll be nice to see this old building smile again.\u201d\r\n\r\nMim\u2019s Kitchen will be a great place for special events. \r\n\r\nWith the old log Hamlin Chapel just across the road, this corner of the world is a perfect spot for a wedding and reception.\r\n\r\nBut you don\u2019t need a special occasion to visit Mim\u2019s Kitchen. The Millers encourage people to drop in for coffee and a chat.\r\n\r\nBeginning Thursday, April 18, Mim\u2019s Kitchen will be open Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.\r\n\r\nMim\u2019s will be open for dining on Easter Sunday.\r\n\r\nReservations are recommended for large groups.\r\n\r\nCall 304-799-2240 for directions or reservations.\r\n\r\nEditor\u2019s note: Due to a printing glitch, this article did not run in its entirety in last week\u2019s paper.