Beginning in 2021, Locals Chris McDonald, a 25 year veteran of Morgantown restaurants, and April Passaro, a Fairmont native with years of hospitality experience, set out to create what Chef McDonald has dreamed of since his first real cooking job at the Morgantown staple "The Glasshouse Grille" in 1999. Working for and with great cooks in Morgantown WV and Greensboro NC, McDonald honed his skills in the kitchen and his love of a wide range of regional and international foods. By his side with constant support, his fiance April comes from a small business and customer service background with a love of making people happy and a charismatic energy that makes you feel at home.
In the summer of 2021 they tested the water with a food truck of the same name and the help of the whole family. Hunter, Rilei, Andrew and Daniel got thrown into cooking and serving in a hot sweat box of a food truck and did amazing. Don't be surprised to see them in the restaurant waiting tables or cooking in the kitchen along side Chris and April.
Von Blaze was fortunate to be able to move in and renovate a once loved Morgantown location in the former Maxwell's restaurant space. It took a lot of blood, sweat, and tears to get to where it is today but being built by the owners allowed them to create exactly what they envisioned.
What Von Blaze hopes to have put together is a local restaurant serving comforting but elevated, high quality but affordable food in a welcoming and unpretentious atmosphere. Serving local brews and great food, we hope to be one of Morgantown's favorite little dining spots.