My name is Sam Mumper—Owner and Executive Chef at the Hi Neighbor Country Restaurant. I'd like to share a brief history of our beloved restaurant.

I have been in food services my entire career—starting as a dishwasher and working my way up to Executive Chef through one-on-one apprenticeships with Chefs Roger Mallet and Rene Debon. 

My wife Pat and I met in Minnesota and were married at the age of 23. Pat has worked in the industry alongside
me in various restaurants and as Assistant Manager at the Hotel Strasburg in the 90’s. Our dream was to create and develop our very own restaurant.

That dream was fulfilled in 1995 with the opening of our "Postcards Restaurant" in Woodstock, Virginia. Postcards was situated on a leased property and we wanted something more permanent.

When the opportunity to own the Hi Neighbor presented itself, we jumped at the offer and purchased the business, as well as it's building in 2003. The restaurant originally opened and operated under the name "Hometown Café" by Tommy and Marguerite Hart in 1949. It has been a continuously operated as a restaurant since.

The hometown feel of the business is very important to us. We have worked hard to improve the quality and the overall experience to the local and travelling public, as well as keep traditional aspects in place.

My current goal is to continue to explore the roots of home town cooking and to bring a fresh, authentic American experience to our customers. As this develops we will be working with local producers to utilize as much local product as possible.


-Sam Mumper