Shaena Muldoon | Southern Foodways Alliance arrow left envelope headphones search facebook instagram twitter flickr menu rss play circle itunes calendar

Oral Histories

The SFA oral history program documents life stories from the American South. Collecting these stories, we honor the people whose labor defines the region. If you would like to contribute to SFA’s oral history collections, please send your ideas for oral history along with your CV or Resume and a portfolio of prior oral history work to

< Back to Oral History project: COVID-19 Project


Shaena Muldoon

The Palisades Restaurant

Shaena Muldoon was raised in Eggleston, Virginia. In 2004, she chose to move back to her hometown and began the idea for The Palisades Restaurant. In 2008, Muldoon bought the former Pine General Store built in 1926 and operated until 2000. She opened The Palisades Restaurant later that year. Muldoon serves food rooted in her Appalachian upbringing, often adding creative riffs or new flavors to traditional dishes.

From the very beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Muldoon realized the difficulty it would cause. The Palisades Restaurant did not close their doors. Instead, they transitioned from dine-in service to take-out only service and also offered groceries. Front-of-house employees became delivery drivers.  The Pandemic hit in the busy restaurant season and negatively impacted Muldoon’s bottom line, but local county relief funds put in place for restaurants helped the restaurant survive.

Date of interview:

Jessica Taylor


Download Transcript Download Transcript 2

Other Project Interviews



The Southern Foodways Alliance drives a more progressive future by leading conversations that challenge existing constructs, shape perspectives, and foster meaningful discussions. We reconsider the past with research, scrutiny, and documentation.


Alex Raij Txikito

Let’s Stay in Touch

Sign up for the SFA newsletter to have the latest content
delivered directly to your inbox.