Every challenge is an opportunity.


The past 19 months have given us at Vagabond a chance to put this maxim into practice. Time and again we’ve been presented with situations that could have been the resounding gong of finality, and we’ve instead been able to tune them into clear chimes of success. The path to success, however, is often not a straight line, and like the roads I prefer to ride on my motorcycle, ours has been very crooked!


The work going into the new location at 1062 Market St. is profound. With local businesses, banks, architects, artisans, contractors, city officials, artists, individuals, and you, yourself, getting involved, it’s safe to say the whole community has pulled together to help make this happen. However, it’s not going to happen on the timeline we had anticipated or hoped for. With funding, planning, and building, we’re well behind schedule. That became clear this week. Everything is very interconnected and interdependent, and we can only move so fast and still do it right.


So, what does that mean?


The State Cellar in the basement of the First State Capitol Building at 1413 Eoff Street in Downtown.

While we continue working on the new location for Vagabond, we will be opening a lunch spot in the basement of the First State Capitol Building at 1413 Eoff Street in Downtown. It’s called The State Cellar, and it’s around the side on 15th Street across from the city and county buildings.


We will continue to avidly pursuing catering and vending and will be working with St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church to use their kitchen for larger gigs.


Besides all of the things I outlined above, we have one more really special surprise that is in the works. If it works out, I’ll be making a longer, much more detailed post in the next week or so. Stay tuned.


Here’s the thing: We love what we’re doing. We love being a part of the new Ohio Valley landscape, and we believe in what we’re doing and in Wheeling. We can take the hits. Knock us down, we’ll get back up. It’s the vagabond way.


In the meantime, we’re still open in the McLure until the 20th. We’ll be open for Sunday Brunch that day with the music of RJ Gaudio and a special appearance by Santa Claus, himself!

Thank you to all the help we’ve received working with Main Street Bank, National Equipment, WesBanco, DC Ventures, Scatterday Architecture, Second Life Arborist Co., Tito’s Sloppy Dogs, Mmm Popcorn, Patrick Cassidy of the WALS Foundation, Elliott Law Offices, Grand Vue Park, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Wheeling Chamber of Commerce, Wheeling City Offices and Health Department, WKKX AM1600, Weelunk, and all of you in our community!