Gracie Mae’s Sandwich Place Serving Homemade Food in Warwood | News, Sports, Jobs


Photo by Alan Olson Tracy Mountford is working hard to get the Gracie Mae Sandwich Shop ready to open on Friday.

WHEELING – An unassuming building on the corner of North 4th Street and Warwood Avenue is home to a business that takes food seriously.

Tracy Mountford, owner of Gracie Mae’s Sandwich Shop, said the business opened in November 2017, where she is the only official employee. The location at 339 Warwood Avenue was used for their family’s restaurant business, Food by RnT, for more than a decade before Gracie Mae’s opened separately.

Mountford prepares all the food on site, describing the business as “a little mom-and-pop shop.” The outdoor grill kicks off the hot day as she and her husband, Ron, grill the chicken and pork in sight of the main road. Indoors, crock pots and bins full of food cover all surfaces, while refrigerators are stocked with the daily product. Their son, Nate, also helps out when possible.

Mountford said the customer favorite would likely be the smoked chicken salad, which is a big seller. However, she struggled to choose her personal favorite.

“I have a lot of family influence,” she said. “I make homemade soups every day; I don’t buy a prefab. … Our meats are all cooked on the grill, right in front.

Mountford said she’s always looking to try new things and expand her menu – most recently she tried a pizza burger, with pepperoni, cheese and pizza sauce.

The sandwich shop is added to Food by RnT, which takes care of the catering. In 2010 and 2011, the family won the People’s Choice Award and Grand Champion’s Trophy, respectively, at the Ohio Valley Rib and Chicken Cook-Off. Tracy and Ron both remember their victories.

“Everyone laughed at us when we drove with our grilles in a trailer, while they had their big rigs,” said Ron. “They weren’t laughing so hard when we walked past them with the grand champion’s trophy.”

“Our favorite was to win the Audience Award the year before,” added Tracy. “It meant more, because people voted on it.”

On the Warwood site, Mountford said business was somewhat erratic, but there are loyal and loyal customers. The smoked chicken salad turned an unbeliever into a loyal customer with just one sandwich, she said.

“I did the farmer’s market this year, it was my first time doing it, and a lady came over and said, ‘What’s a smoked chicken salad? It doesn’t even look good! ‘ So I gave her a sample and she just said, “This is delicious! So every week she would come back for a sandwich.

The Mountford family are originally from Warwood and enjoy serving and giving back to their community. Around October, Tracy said, they get themselves some tiny pumpkins to hand out to kids, among other efforts.

“When I got into this I thought, ‘I’m not going to get attached to my clients,’ but by God, I did. I’ve had a few deaths, God rest their soul, and a lady we’ve never met – her sons and daughter were coming to get her food – and when we heard she passed away, we were devastated. I didn’t want to get attached, but I love them. I treat them all like family.

Gracie Mae’s is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The latest news today and more in your inbox


Comments are closed.