By the end of this month, Boondocks Sports Bar & Grill of Marion should be serving up cold beverages, hot wings and tasty Southern foods at 4201 U.S. 221 South.

Located in the former Mountaineer Pub & Deli building, Boondocks is scheduled to open by the end of August. Co-owners and business partners Jeremy Suttles and Justin Riddle said they have been working hard to convert this 4,080-square-foot building into their idea of a restaurant and sports bar.

“There’s isn’t a single inch of wall or a single inch of floor that hasn’t been touched,” said Suttles. “We’ve done extreme renovations.”

Boondocks will be able to accommodate 80 people with both indoor and outdoor seating. It will have a room that can be closed off and used for meetings and special private events. The outdoor seating area has a covered porch with lots of room for customers.

Boondocks features a large game room with pool tables and a juke box.

Suttles and Riddle said Boondocks will be more of a restaurant with a full lunch and dinner menu. Some of the items planned for the menu, which is in its final stages, include a pot roast dinner, salt and pepper catfish, wings, hamburgers and your typical appetizers.

Their business will have one of the largest commercial kitchens in Marion.

Boondocks will have a dozen flat-screen TVs where patrons can watch all the games and races. By the time it opens, football season will be well underway.

There will be an interactive trivia game similar to what is available at Buffalo Wild Wings.

The bar will have eight beers on tap and around 30 to 40 different kinds of bottled beer. Boondocks will have some local and western North Carolina beers, some domestics and seasonals. Hard cider will be available.

In addition, the owners of Boondocks said they are interested in serving mead from Keeper’s Cut Meadery, which is also scheduled to open in Marion in the near future. Mead is an alcoholic beverage made from fermenting honey with water. The honey is fermented with various fruits, spices, grains or hops.

Charlie Myers and Kathryn Curran are the business partners with Keeper’s Cut Meadery and they are now renovating a building on Depot Street for their establishment.

Suttles said he would like to have this locally made product at his place.

“We are working on carbonating one of (Myers’) meads,” added Suttles. “He made a strawberry one I liked.”

Myers said to The McDowell News it would be a mead that is gluten free and more like a beer.

Suttles and Riddle said they are developing a specific cocktail for their beverage menu. “For every one we sell, we will donate $2 to the Wounded Warrior Project,” said Suttles.

Boondocks will be open in the evenings for dinner every day until at least midnight. It will have lunch on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The eatery and sports bar will have a staff of around 14 to 18 people, according to the owners.

Boondocks Sports Bar & Grill of Marion is a member of the McDowell Chamber of Commerce.

This new business is located right along Interstate 40 and U.S. 221 South so it should draw lots of customers traveling through McDowell County, along with the locals. The proprietors want their patrons to enjoy good food and drinks in a pleasant, down-home setting.

“We’re just trying to get that Southern feel, Southern atmosphere,” said Suttles.

You can follow the new business’ progress on its Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Boondocks-Sports-Bar-Grill-of-Marion-1583016668395479/