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When Sherry Lee’s father was killed tragically in a traffic accident on Route 205 last May, she decided to open a restaurant dedicated to him. Sher’s Snack Shack opened last month and is Colonial Beach’s newest restaurant.
Retired police detective and one-time movie stuntman Paul Lee, 76, was killed on May 6, when a truck he was riding in, driven by 19-year-old Jodi Graham, pulled out in front of a box-truck at the intersection of Routes 205 and 218 in King George County. Graham was also killed.
“I wanted to do something to honor him,” Lee said. So her new eatery is decorated in 50s memorabilia and Marilyn Monroe mementos. “It is kind of like a living memorial.” And, Lee is also using the new restaurant to reach out and help others who are hurting.
On Sept. 27, from 5 to 7 p.m., Sher’s Snack Shack will host a benefit for Ray Oliff, a well-liked Colonial Beach resident who is battling a cancerous brain tumor. Oliff has been facing staggering medical costs, and his wife, Joan, is working three jobs in a valiant effort to pay for his medical care.
The band Denim and Lace will play at the Oliff benefit, and Sherry Lee will donate part of the event’s proceeds to help pay for Oliff’s treatment. “We wanted to help any way we could,” said Lee.
Those attending the benefit are in for a treat. Sher’s features delicious empanadas made from scratch, something Paul Lee learned to like when he was stationed in Puerto Rico, with the U.S. Air Force.
“We make everything fresh, nothing is processed,” said Patti Handley, one of Sher’s employees. The empanadas are made with beef, chicken, barbecue, sausage, bacon, ham, cheese and fresh vegetables. Sher’s also serves blueberry, apple, cherry and peach empanadas with ice cream for dessert.
The restaurant also includes a gift shop, which features the talents of local Westmoreland County and Colonial Beach artists. Locally-made lamps, jewelry, paintings and candles are for sale, along with other arts and crafts’ items.
Sher’s Snack Shack is located at 323 First Street, in Colonial Beach. The hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The restaurant is closed on Sundays and Mondays.