Deep Gap: Home Cookin’ and Community Support

Behind the counter of Blue Ridge Diner hangs a white board. You would think the board would hold the daily specials, however this board lists the names of local people and families who need prayers. Only in a local diner with everyday regulars would you find this sort of thing, and owner Tina Watson wouldn’t have it any other way. That was her intention in 2006 when she opened her doors and to this day hasn’t looked back. Opening a restaurant for Tina was easy. Her father had a café and convenience store while she was growing up in Wilkes County.  Her recipes are family recipes that she has and that others have shared with her.  Tina’s restaurant fits right in to the local community. She believes that not only should a good meal be provided for a reasonable price,  but she also to takes care of the people around her.  She gives unselfishly to those in need.

Yes, the economy has made it difficult just like every other business, but her customers continue to support her. Tina is a full time mom who owns and operates a restaurant, works at Walmart, and is parent to a daughter who has special medical needs. I’d say this mom qualifies as super mom. She draws her strength from her faith and the loving community who continue to support her. If you haven’t been by to try out the restaurant, take some time and stop in for some home cookin’.  Every community should have a local diner to come to where the people know you. Call 265-1999 for a list of the daily specials or visit her restaurant on Old 421 just past Parkway School.

And speaking of Parkway School…their annual Spring Showcase on March 26 is from 5-7:30. This is a special event where Parkway students will be able to showcase their talent by singing, dancing, doing gymnastics, clogging, piano solos, etc. Dinner will include fried chicken, green beans, baked apples, mashed potatoes, dessert and a drink. The cost of the meal is $8 for adults, $5 for children (8th grade and under) and no more than $30 for a family of 4 or more. There will also be cotton candy, face painting and the annual Teacher Spelling Bee.  Come on out for fun, food and fellowship with the Parkway School Community.


  1. Way to go Tina!! And everyone, you should try to get a bite to eat over there. The Blue Ridge Diner has great Double Bacon Cheeseburgers and Onion Rings!!

  2. you said it: every community needs a place like the Blue Ridge Diner. good food, good people! we love it!

  3. My family went to Blue Ridge Diner on Valentines Day, Tina’s special that day was awesome sirloin tips, baked potatoe, salad, homemade desserts prepared beautifully, and a drink for 8.00 I could not believe it, I could not of gotten a better meal if I had went to OutBack, and the price was unreal my family will go back several times, good food, good company, what else can a person ask for. If you haven’t been, you need to go.

  4. Tina has always worked hard at everything she has done, she has such a caring heart that I knew she would do okay when she said she was going to open the diner, she always thinks about other people first before she thinks about herself, I just hope with the way the economy is that she will be okay, she has set her prices for her customers, when she talks about her customers she does it with a smile, to her they are family.