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Take on the 'Terminator' at W.Va. restaurant

August 17, 2009|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- A new family restaurant in Berkeley Springs offers American fare and a challenge. 

If you think you can eat a very large hamburger meal in 20 minutes, you can give it a try at the Mountainside Restaurant on Sugar Hollow Road.  

If you finish "The Terminator" in the allotted time, you'll get the $16.99 burger meal for free, along with an Alka-Seltzer. 

The Terminator consists of 2 1/2 pounds of hamburger, along with bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and 1/2 pound of cheese, said Frank Trujillo, Mountainside owner. It is served with one pound of fries,


Trujillo said 12 people have tried The Terminator, but no one has been able to finish it. Anyone who wins the challenge will have his or her picture placed on the restaurant's Wall of Fame. 

Mountainside Restaurant has been open since June 17, Trujillo said, and an official grand-opening celebration was held Aug. 11.

About 30 people from the business community attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony.  

Many were already familiar with Mountainside and praised the food. 

"The food is terrific and is worth coming up the hill for," said Morgan County Economic Development Authority Director Bill Clark. 

Mountainside is on a hill overlooking U.S. 522 above a carwash and a Shell gas station. 

Trujillo said Mountainside business is "OK, but it needs to grow." 

The restaurant serves a variety of items, including steak, hamburgers and seafood, and soon it will offer pizza. Beer is also available, he said. 

The hamburgers are very popular, he said. 

Mountainside serves the Classic Burger for $6.99, Trujillo said. It comes with "the works," and includes hand-cut fries and a fried pickle.  

"We serve what a burger used to be," Trujillo said. 

The restaurant's walls are covered with sports paraphernalia. The establishment is equipped with five television sets, with one large, flat-screen taking up almost one wall. 

"This is a great place to watch sports and get great food. Order some wings, a burger, a beer, and we have a family atmosphere," Trujillo said. 

"We wish him well, and we welcome him to the business community," Clark said. 

Morgan County Magistrate Kermit Ambrose said "the service is great and the food is too, and there's plenty of it." 

Trujillo has lived in Berkeley Springs for the past 13 years. He also owns Georgie's Pizza in Morgan Square, which he opened in 1996. 

Mountainside Restaurant, 91 Sugar Hollow Road, Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Soon to be open on Mondays. Carryout available.

Phone: 304-258-3170.    

Directions: Take U.S. 522 south to Rocs Shell station, turn left on Sugar Hollow Road to restaurant on the hill.

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