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Curl up with a Stray Cat Chimmi for a comforting meal

Most culinary historians agree that the chimichanga, a deep-fried burrito typically served in Mexican eating places, truly originated in Arizona within the first half of the twentieth century. The precise particulars are unclear. Nonetheless, legend has it that the now-beloved consolation meals was the results of a cheerful accident when a restaurant prepare dinner inadvertently knocked a burrito right into a deep fryer.

Peyton Hartman didn’t get into the chimichanga enterprise by chance. His father, Artie Hartman, was the proprietor of the favored Mexican restaurant chain Stray Cat Cafe, which had a number of places all through West Virginia.

The eating places closed after the elder Mr. Hartman’s dying in 2016, however Peyton wished to revive the household custom. In 2021, he opened The Stray Cat Chimmi Shack, the place he started serving up his contemporary tackle the chimichanga. His institution shares his father’s motto: “Life is nice, eat it up.”

At first, Hartman operated underneath a tent, then invested in a meals truck. Whereas the meals truck nonetheless makes the rounds at native occasions, Hartman was in a position to open a extra everlasting location on College Avenue in Star Metropolis in March of this 12 months. The constructing, which previously housed Star Metropolis Hotdogs, was repainted the identical distinctive teal coloration because the meals truck. In hotter seasons, patrons can get pleasure from their meals in an outside seating space adorned with classic indicators from the unique Stray Cat Cafe.

The chimmis on the menu vary from $10-$13. Some are customary flavors like shredded hen and cheese, whereas others are extra ingenious, like dill pickles with Thousand Island dressing. And, after all, there’s a pepperoni roll chimichanga. Salads, fries, drinks and a choice of attractive deep-fried desserts are additionally obtainable. Open hours on the College Avenue location range attributable to meals truck occasions, however updates are posted on social media.

EVA MURPHY is a contract enterprise author for The Dominion Publish. She writes a column on companies, church buildings and different entities within the metropolis.