Uncle Charley#8217;s brings color

Published 12:00 am Friday, August 3, 2007

There’s a new superhero in town, or at least a new restaurant that uses superheroes as its theme.

Uncle Charley’s Comic Strip Caf/ opened on Wednesday in the Ironton City Center and uses the primary colors as its theme.

“It’s eye catching,” said the owner, Vanessa Fuller. “I wanted to make it inviting for people.”

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This is Fuller’s first restaurant and she said it is something she has always wanted to do.


always liked to cook,” she said. She enjoys coming up with her own recipes and sauces.

It is not her first time in business. She helped her late husband, Gerald, run a mobile home set up company when they lived out West in Nevada, Arizona, and Wyoming. After he died 10 years ago, she came back home to Ironton where her family lives.

The caf/’s comic book theme came from her brother, Charles. They were at a Huntington, W.Va. comic book store and Vanessa was looking at the customers.

“I saw old people, young people, middle-aged people and they were there buying comic books,” Fuller said. “I was thinking about the restaurant and realized that everyone likes comic book characters. And I didn’t know of any other restaurant with this theme before.”

Each food has a name based after characters created by her brother and employee J.B. a long time ago.

There are breakfast meals like the Titan, the Heavy Duty and Wild Welder, side dishes like Captain Thunder’s green beans, Gandor’s smashed potatoes, sandwiches like the Vorcatron burger, Super Dog, Gargantua’s chicken strip salad, and dinners like the Strong Man (pork chops), the Master Arc (open faced roast beef sandwich) and the American (open faced turkey sandwich.)

Fuller said one of her specialties is the Savato, which is pasta covered in marinara sauce.

“It is all my own recipes, I just add spices to give it a better flavor,” she said.

Eventually, Fuller would like to expand her restaurant and to add merchandising.

“I want to have one in Ashland and one in Huntington,” she said. “And I would like to sell my sauces, my T-shirts and eventually, my own cookbook.”

As for the name, Charley is the name of her father and she added “uncle” to sound friendlier.

The caf/ is located at 301 South Third St. It is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.