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Second Street Station Weathering COVID-19

From Wyoming County EDA
MULLENS, W.Va. – Walking into Second Street Station feels like walking into your grandma’s kitchen. This Wyoming County business has been around for decades, and it’s easy to see why. Delicious homecooked meals, friendly faces, and southern comfort await those visiting this Mullens eatery.

Second Street Station is owned by Ella Sue Seaton, but everyone calls her Susie. Susie bought what is now Second Street Station in November of 1990. In 2001, the business suffered a massive flood that they were able to recover from with help from the state.

“We didn’t have an EDA then that I knew of. After the flood, the state gave forgivable loans. The EDA helped us go through that process. Then, they helped get us a loan for equipment. They’ve been outstanding to me,” Susie says.

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Second Street Station decided to close their doors and didn’t reopen until May. Susie says that despite having the business paid off, she still decided to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program loans. “If it hadn’t been for Christy and the EDA, I don’t know how that would have went. And actually, business for us right now is better than it has been before.”

Susie and Second Street Station has had two loans through the EDA. She says that without the EDA, Second Street Station would have gone through a lot more hardship. “I’m just thankful for the EDA. The loans are affordable interest and I recommend them to anybody,” Susie says.

Susie’s love for her community shines through in everything she says and does. She takes pride in feeding Wyoming East High School’s sports teams and marching band and loves when families visit the restaurant to celebrate special occasions. Being able to provide jobs to her community is something she’s proud of, too.

Susie’s advice for anyone wanting to open their own business is simple: “Don’t get discouraged. You’re looking at a good five to seven years before you get comfortable, because you’re always wondering if you’re going to make it. You have to be patient with it.”

When she started Second Street Station, Susie had six barstools and four booths. Now, Second Street Station has evolved into a well-established family restaurant right in the heart of Wyoming County. Next time you visit, stop in for a homecooked meal and a slice of Susie’s pie.

“We’re proud that we’ve been able to help a business in our region that’s been around for years and will continue to be a staple in our community,” said EDA Director Christy Laxton.

Visit wyomingcounty.com to learn more.