Our Story


Brian & Nina Williams



Redefining Upscale Comfort Dining Since 2015

     From humble beginnings as an outdoor-only cafe in the small town of Buena Vista, Virginia, Brian and Nina have always been at the heart of this special restaurant. Through blood, sweat, tears - and the sacrifice of having no social life - Brian and Nina have built FotM Cafe into what you see today.

"We are truly blessed", says Brian, "when you work hard and do things the right way, you will be blessed".

     They met working in the kitchen at a previous job and fell in love. Both dreamed of their own place with amazing food and great service at a reasonable price. Having a combined 21 years of restaurant industry experience at the time, they found an opportunity and jumped on it. Brian combined his knowledge of the industry with some of his mother's favorite dishes - with his own twist - to open the first FotM Cafe location on July 31st, 2015. With Nina working as front of house and Brian manning the kitchen they quickly became a community favorite. In December of 2016 the pair made the move to their current location in Buchanan, Virginia.

"We believe going out to eat should be an experience, not just another meal."

     For Brian, the creative freedom in the kitchen is a dream come true. Now with a staff of more than 15 employees, in a brick and mortar building, they are excited to see their hard work and sacrifices paying off. "It's exciting to be around everyone from the servers to the bussers when we are all on the same level of inspiration, success and dreams" says Nina. Brian and Nina say the staff is just as creative as they are and wouldn't have been able to accomplish a lot of this without them.

Come experience this country gem for yourself!

Recent Press & Awards

The Roanoke Times

2019 Hidden Gem
The Roanoker | Platinum Dining Award

2019 Best Wings
The Roanoker | Gold Dining Award

2019 Best Chili
The Roanoker | Platinum Dining Award

2018 Best New Restaurant
The Roanoker | Gold Dining Award

2018 Best Overall Staff
The Roanoker | Silver Dining Award

Best Restaurant in Botetourt Co2018 .
The Roanoker | Silver Dining Award

Best New Business Opened in 2017
SWVA Living | Gold Award

2018 Best Restaurant
SWVA Living | Silver Award

2018 Best Burger
SWVA Living | Silver Award

Judge's Choice Award
2016 Chili Cook-Off
Rockbridge Area Habitat for Humanity

People's Choice Award
2016 Chili Cook-Off
Rockbridge Area Habitat for Humanity