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Line:76% >>> A PUB IS USUALLY CONSIDERED A GATHERING PLACE, THE HEART OF THE COMMUNITY. THAT’S EXACTLY HOW PATRONS DESCRIBE THE STRAIGHTAWAY CAFÉ AND PUB. IT’S NESTLED IN THE MOUNTAINS ON HIGHWAY 9 BETWEEN BLACK MOUNTAIN AND CHIMNEY ROCK, AND FOLKS WILL DRIVE FOR MILES TO EXPERIENCE WHAT RAY BOTHAM AND HIS FAMILY HAVE CREATED THERE. >> FUNNY THING THAT I DIDN’T PLAN THIS. IT’S JUST HAPPENING EVERY DAY. YOU’RE HERE. IT’S JUST HAPPENING. I DON’T KNOW HOW OR WHY IT KEEPS CONTINUING TO MOVE FORWARD WITHOUT A PLAN AND WITHOUT A VISION.

Line:76% >> I WOULD CALL IT SOME SORT OF JUST OASIS OF COMMUNITY AND WONDERFUL PEOPLE. AND EVEN PEOPLE THAT STOP BY THAT DON’T REALLY KNOW WHAT THEY’RE GETTING THEMSELVES INTO GENERALLY WALK AWAY WONDERING, WOW, WHAT JUST HAPPENED? THAT WAS SO NEAT. BUT IT’S A REALLY INTERESTING SPOT. >> I DESCRIBE IT AS DIFFERENT. UM, IT’S NOT LIKE MANY OTHER PLACES. IT’S REALLY UNIQUE AND CREATIVE AND FAMILY-FRIENDLY. >> QUAINT, RUSTIC, UNUSUAL. >> WHY THE NAME STRAIGHTAWAY? ONCE RAY EXPLAINED IT, IT MADE PERFECT SENSE. >> IF YOU COME FROM BLACK MOUNTAIN, YOU GO UP THE MOUNTAIN, YOU COME DOWN THE MOUNTAIN, AND YOU HIT THE STRAIGHTAWAY. AND EVERYBODY KNOWS THE STRAIGHTAWAY. YOU, OF COURSE, AT THAT POINT, CAN GAIN SPEED, AND YOU GET PHONE RECEPTION, AND THINGS HAPPEN WHEN YOU HIT THE STRAIGHTAWAY. >> AND YOU CAN COME AND YOU CAN RELAX AND YOU CAN CHILL.

Line:76% YOU DON’T REALLY HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT ANYTHING. IT’S VERY MELLOW PLACE. >> UPON ARRIVAL, THERE’S AN IMMEDIATE FEELING OF FAMILY. AFTER YOU STAY AWHILE, YOU FEEL A PART OF IT. >> THIS HAS CHARACTER THAT HAS BEEN BUILT INTO THE PLACE, BUT IT DOESN’T LOOK LIKE THAT IT WAS JUST PUT UP ON THE WALLS TO CREATE THAT CHARACTER. WITH THE OWNER, HE HAS CHARACTER. HIS CHILDREN THAT ARE WORKING, THEY ALL HAVE CHARACTER, AND THEY BRING THAT AROUND IT.

Line:76% >> SO IT’S BEEN A FUN THING FOR THE FAMILY. WE’VE ALL, ALL GOTTEN INVOLVED. WE DIDN’T THINK — WE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE DIVISIVE. IT’S BEEN JUST THE OPPOSITE. >> NOW WE’RE ALL ONE HUGE FAMILY HERE. AND WE’RE ALL KIND OF UNIFIED THROUGH THIS MUSIC AND THE LOVE FOR THIS LOCATION. >> LOCALS AND TOURISTS ALIKE FREQUENT THE STRAIGHTAWAY FOR ITS FOOD. GOOD EXAMPLES ARE THEIR FAMOUS HAMBURGERS AND FISH AND CHIPS, ALL PREPARED DAILY FROM FRESH INGREDIENTS. BUT IT’S SOMETHING ELSE THAT BRINGS SUCH AN ECLECTIC MIX OF PEOPLE OF VARIOUS BACKGROUNDS TOGETHER TO ENJOY WHAT THESE MOUNTAINS HAVE BEEN SERVING UP FOR GENERATIONS. ♪ >> CREATE AN OUTDOOR STAGE THAT, AGAIN, WAS AN EXTENSION OF ME AND WHAT I DO AND HOW I LIKE TO BUILD. BUT I HAD NO IDEA THE INTRIGUE AND INTEREST IT WOULD CREATE IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY, THAT THE MUSICIANS ARE CONTACTING ME TO PLAY ON THE STAGE AND WANT TO BE ON THE OUTDOOR STAGE AND WHEN CAN WE GET ON THAT OUTDOOR STAGE? AND IT’S BECOME IT’S OWN — IT’S OWN LITTLE LIVING THING OUT THERE THAT EVERYBODY WANTS TO BE A PART OF.

Line:76% >> ♪ DREAMIN’, DREAMIN’ ♪ ♪ YOU DON’T REALLY KNOW ‘BOUT NOTHING ♪ ♪ NOTHING ♪ >> THE PEOPLE THAT COME TO THE STRAIGHTAWAY ARE HERE TO LISTEN. GREAT TO BE ABLE TO COME OUT HERE AND ACTUALLY HAVE PEOPLE APPRECIATE WHAT YOU’RE DOING. >> IN ADDITION TO FOOD AND MUSIC, THERE ARE OTHER ACTIVITIES THAT APPEAL TO JUST ABOUT EVERYONE. >> WE HAVE A LOT OF KIDS THAT COME AROUND HERE. WE HAVE HORSESHOES. WE HAVE DISC GOLF THAT’S OVER THERE WHERE FAMILIES WILL GO UP AND PLAY. VOLLEYBALL COURT OVER THERE. THERE’S PLENTY OF SPACE FOR CHILDREN TO ROAM. WE ARE WELCOME TO DOGS. WE JUST GET A LOT OF BIG FAMILIES WHO CAN JUST DO ANYTHING HERE, IT SEEMS. >> SO THE NEXT TIME YOU’RE DRIVING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN AND YOU COME UPON THAT STRETCH OF ROAD THAT’S STRAIGHT AS AN ARROW, TAKE RAY’S ADVICE. SLOW DOWN AND TAKE A LOOK AROUND. YOU JUST MIGHT LIKE WHAT YOU SEE. >> OUR LIVES ARE SO FULL OF ALL OUR — ALL OUR PERSONAL ELECTRONICS AND THE DISTRACTIONS FROM PEOPLE AND CULTURE THAT THIS IS — EMULATES ALL THOSE THINGS THAT WE HAVE, THE CULTURE OF FOOD AND BEVERAGE AND SOCIALIZING AND MUSIC AND MINGLING.

AND NONE OF THE — NONE OF ALL THE — AGAIN, THE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE AND ELECTRONIC SIDES OF LIFE HAVE A PLACE OUT HERE..

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