Fulton Connection: The Copper Mine
BY SYDNEY SEXTON
Gas masks and ropes hang on orange walls inside the old brick building. Mine cars are stationed on wooden shafts decorated with shovels and pick axes. A rainbow fire backdrop greets guests at the hostess’ station. One might think that I am walking through the halls of a bizarre mining museum, but I am actually dining at Fulton’s newest eatery, The Copper Mine Restaurant.
The Copper Mine opened last month, and two Fridays ago, my friends and I decided to try it out. It is located at 61 W. 2nd St., the same address once occupied by Archie’s Bar and Grill and Arris’s Pizza and Pub before that. Its owners also own Canterbury Hill Winery in Holt’s Summit, Mo.
The best thing about The Copper Mine’s environment is that many Westminster students work there. These students include sophomore Alondria Buggs, who said that The Copper Mine brings a sense of diversity to the local community.
“The Copper Mine does make Fulton better, because it’s different, new, and exciting,” Buggs said. “There is definitely something for everyone and appeals to all.”
With sandwiches priced from $7.95 to $10.95 and entrées ranging from $10.95 to $22.95, the food is a bit expensive for college students. . However, The Copper Mine offers a great list of sides, several of which are free: fries, rice pilaf, baked potatoes, mashed potatoes, a vegetable of the day and cheesy potato soup.
Buggs suggests getting sweet potato fries, which cost $1.50. If you are not sure what to order, I recommend looking for “restaurant favorites,” which are indicated by images of mining equipment next to them. The Copper Mine’s full menu is available on its website.
Because my friends and I went on a Friday night, the place was packed. We arrived at 6:15 and were seated an hour later. We hated having to wait, but we understood that we came at a busy time for a restaurant.
I decided on the chicken club wrap, minus the honey Dijon dressing, with a baked potato and a glass of water. Unfortunately, the baked potatoes were not ready when my meal was, so I switched them out for loaded mashed potatoes, which are mashed potatoes with cheese, bacon, sour cream and butter. Our food came after waiting another hour, so we were starving by the time it arrived. To the employees’ credit, though, all of our orders came out correctly.
The wrap was good, but it was nothing more than a typical wrap. Maybe I should have picked a favorite menu item. The wrap did not set off any fireworks in my mouth, but it did its job in satisfying my hunger. The mashed potatoes were another story. The loaded bits were great, but some spice in the potatoes made them almost inedible. I am not sure if it was too much pepper or a spice my taste buds were not agreeing with, but I did not eat much of them. One of my friends ordered mashed potatoes as well, and she came to the same conclusion I did. The rest of my friends ordered wraps, pasta and a burger. The consensus was that the food was worth the money but that nothing demanded a quick return visit.
My advice for anyone planning a visit to The Copper Mine is not to go on a Friday or Saturday night. The wait will be long, and you will get hangry. Also, I encourage students to go and support their classmates. On weekend nights, they have to book it to keep customers fed, cups filled, tables clean and everyone happy.
Buggs, however, said that she enjoys the rapid pace of the restaurant.
“I definitely enjoy my time at work,” she said. “I’m surrounded by a group of people [who] are hilarious and display what ‘teamwork makes the dream work’ means. When we’re busy with our own load, there is always someone helping someone else.”
Ultimately, I give The Copper Mine 3.5 out of 5 stars. I want to return sometime when it is not incredibly busy to see if the size of the crowd affects my experience.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.