That place looks right up Metroplex Jim's alley...he has Virginia roots as do I, and I think he will follow up on this. Staunton (STANton) is a beautiful little town. I dated a girl that went to Mary Baldwin located there.
You are correct, sir.
I lived in Staunton for six delightful years while teaching economics at Mary Baldwin College. Only an NYC magazine writer could call the Queen City of the Shenandoah Valley 'the middle of nowhere'.
When Staunton started allowing the sale of liquor by the drink in the mid-1970's a number of fine-dining venues sprung up and today that trend still continues.
I still have several friends in Staunton and visit that beautiful city on most every visit to our place in McLean; this summer it will definitely be on my list.