LINVILLE — The Linville area has a new cafe in town and has many people flocking to the new joint by the dozens.

Smokey’s Fillin’ Station opened its doors at 4183b Newland Hwy. in Linville back in December of 2023. The new eating establishment quickly grabbed the attention of locals and tourists through social media and rapidly by word of mouth.The new restaurant offers a select menu from delicious burgers and fries, to a bologna sandwich and onion rings. Smokey’s also offers other great items such as soups, salads, flatbread pizzas, and an array of hand-crafted sandwiches.

Smokey’s is owned and operated by Jimmy Hughes and Michelle Scott. The Hughes family has quite the history in Linville, as other family members own and operate the Tartan Restaurant and Pixie Inn, both located across the street from Smokey’s, and also has ties to the old Faye Hughes Store, which many locals remember from days gone by.

The cozy cafe similarly resembles an old-fashioned soda shop/diner, having many antique props such as license plates, bottles and more. Customers can enjoy a cold fountain Pepsi product or, if they choose, a crisp cold, glass-bottled Pepsi product to go along with their meal to seal the deal on their “step back in time” visit of the cafe.

“Having the restaurant gave me a place to stash my old junk,” Hughes kidded.

Michelle Scott is renowned in the community for her culinary skills, accumulating approximately 14 years in the food industry, plying her skills working for the likes of Eseeola Resort among other locations.


he cafe is currently open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

“We’re currently just opening for lunch, but as we work into the year and business picks up, we hope to open for dinner as well,” said Scott.

The cafe looks to acquire more seating for customers moving forward. For more information, visit the restaurant’s website at