Martinsville, Virginia


Third Bay Cafe' Earns High Reviews

If you are searching for a place to dine with "great atmosphere and phenomenal food", look no further than Third Bay Cafe', according to foodie Steve Post.

The trackside reporter for Motor Racing Network (MRN) Radio and author of the blog, Post spends his downtime between covering NASCAR race events searching for unique restaurants in the communities near race tracks. He reviews the restaurants on his blog so that race fans can enjoy local flavor when traveling. In past years while visiting Martinsville-Henry County, he has written about Fenderz Drive-InClarence's Steak & Seafood HouseWild Magnolia and Checkered Pig BBQ on his blog.

Third Bay Cafe' is a restaurant located in an old fashioned service station on Spruce Street in Martinsville where each of the former repair bays are used for dining and a bar area. It is owned locally by Yvonne Givens and Carolyn Baptist. Post found out about Third bay Cafe' from the Martinsville-Henry County EDC's Tourism & Film Division. He recently joined the division's Director of Tourism, Jennifer Doss and local TV personality Chef Paul Farrar there for lunch to experience the local flavor.

Post enjoyed the Catfish Sandwich and remarked that, "It was done so perfectly where the seasoning on the catfish does not overpower it but yet it just enhanced it." He also commented how colorful and visually appealing the crab cake salad that Doss ordered was. For dessert, the group tried Third Bay's famous Chocolate Chess Pie and Post stated that it was, "rich, creamy and delicious!"

Doss, Post, Givens and BaptistPost enjoyed speaking with co-owner Yvonne Givens to learn about the history of the building and also meeting a group of area bicyclists who has stopped along their ride for a relaxing lunch break on the patio.

His summary of the experience was that, "The atmosphere and every part of the visit was fantastic. It's another one of those spots in Martinsville that is on the must-do list when you come to town." He snapped photos of his meal throughout the visit to share with fans on the blog and Facebook page.

According to Doss, "We are very proud to have unique and interesting places to dine in Martinsville-Henry County, such as Third Bay Cafe' and know that the national publicity given to the establishment by Mr. Post's blog will drive new guests to our community to experience these restaurants for themselves."

After the race weekend was over the EDC's Tourism Division heard reports from management of Wild Magnolia, featured last fall by Post, that race fans from out of town had come to dine with them specifically mentioning reading about the establishment on

Third Bay Cafe' is located at 1163 Spruce Street in Martinsville. It is owned and operated by Yvonne Givens and Carolyn Baptist and is open  for lunch Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and for dinner on Monday, Wednesday and Friday beginning at 5 p.m. Additional information about this and other area restaurants can be found online at

The mission of the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation is to create new job opportunities and expand the tax base for the area. The organization strives to support and develop local industry, as well as market Martinsville-Henry County globally as an exceptional place to live, work and play.

The EDC is a public-private partnership between the City of Martinsville, Henry County, the Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce, the Martinsville-Henry County Chamber's Partnership for Economic Growth (C-PEG) and the Harvest Foundation of the Piedmont.