The Cellar Door: A Year in Review


Lexi Browning

A glass of wine is displayed at the Cellar Door restaurant in Huntington on Thursday, Jan. 20.

Right in the heart of the city, local tapas bar, The Cellar Door turns one-year-old and is continuing to offer a unique experience to their clientele.

Robert Crickard, ggeneral manager of The Cellar Door and sister business Le Bistro, said he wanted to create an environment that was comfortable for anyone, offering top-of-the-line premium selections.

“It’s not quite the entrée, but more of the appetizer,” Crickard said. 

The Cellar Door, known for its upscale tapas and cocktails, uses fresh produce which adds to the originality of the bar. Crickard said they steer clear of fake syrup flavors and other imitation products. All food and beverage starts with fresh produce.

“We really pride ourselves in everything fresh,” Crickard said.  “Every cocktail comes out with fresh juices. It’s what we’ve always wanted.”

Crickard said a couple of their most popular dishes include Picasso’s Nachos, Mahi Tacos and all of their decedent desserts.

Since its opening, Crickard said events and private party bookings have rocketed.

Perfect for a girl’s night out, bridal party or baby shower, The Cellar Door, along with their Executive Chef Brittany Barker, customizes their menus to fit the needs and desires of their customers.

The shared ownership between Le Bistro and The Cellar Door has made for a great weekend experience, Crickard said.

“People make an evening come to Le Bistro, have dinner, then go down (to The Cellar Door) for a couple drinks and dessert.”

Staying true to their vision and true to their mission, The Cellar Door wishes to expand in the new year by reaching out to college students.

Crickard said The Cellar Door is perfect for college students because it’s an affordable, classy bar with a big city feel.

“There’s nothing like it in town,” Crickard said.

The Cellar Door is currently offering a 10 percent discount to Marshall University students with a valid ID.

Daily food and drink specials as well as general information for The Cellar Door, is available online if you follow them on twitter @TheCellarWV, Facebook at “The Cellar Door” and on their website at

The Cellar Door is open Monday through Thursday from 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday to Saturday from 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Darius Booker can be contacted at [email protected]