DENVER – The Tuesday before Thanksgiving is a cold, rainy and miserable day.
The Midtown Sundries neon sign entices customers on N.C. 73 as it gently lights the restaurant. Upon entering the warm storefront, the dim luminescence and cozy tables beckon patrons to sit and stay awhile. Most will leave after talking to a friend or two with a full belly and a to-go box. Hence is the magic of this restaurant.
In 2003, Ken Moore wanted a career change. His job had so much travel that he couldn’t enjoy life and his adopted hometown of Denver. So he started in the restaurant business, wanting to learn the ropes before opening up a place of his own.
On Sept. 8, 2008, he opened Midtown Sundries in Denver as part of the local chain. Moore had eaten at a Midtown Sundries before and liked both the food and the concept.
“People were so excited to have something new in the area,” Moore said. “And my wife and I were so happy to be a larger part of the community.”
Midtown Sundries manages to gently coax intimacy from a cavernous dining space. The ceilings are jet black and industrial with low hanging, jazzily colored lamps in the dead center of the restaurant, giving the room a more closed off feel. The bar is horseshoe-shaped and offers ample seating in high back chairs. The space can seat 289 people but feels as if it could only fit about 100.
The menu is huge. There is one whole page devoted to salads; it also offers pasta dishes, seafood, burgers, sandwiches, jumbo wings and desserts. With so much to choose from, customers often come again and again to try different items.
“The majority of people who come in here are regulars. In fact, some come in every single day” Moore said. “And most like multiple things on the menu.”
There is much to love about the food at Midtown Sundries. The sauces, majority of salad dressings, soups and wing sauces are all homemade. Plus the chicken wings and ground beef are never frozen lending the freshest taste available.
There are also daily Blue Plate specials that offer huge amounts of food at a great value, such as London broil, meatloaf and pork chops.
Shelia Rogers, of Sherrills Ford, is a regular at Midtown Sundries, eating at the restaurant at least every other week.
“I just can’t say enough about the jumbo wings,” she said. “Trust me, my husband and I are picky about our wings and these here are the best.”
She also said that the other menu items she’s tried have all been absolutely wonderful and the service is amazing.
The restaurant is very family and community orientated. They offer a children’s menu and are quick to make the little ones happy and comfortable. They also do many things for the community such as the Angel Tree in the entrance of the restaurant. On the tree were 40 names of underprivileged children and their holiday needs and wants.
“There are only two names left,” said Moore proudly. “And we just put that tree up. Denver is just an amazing place.”
Moore wants people to know that the restaurant has something for everyone. “From 8 years to 80 years, we have something for you to enjoy,” he said. “Plus we offer a great value and huge portions.”
An excellent price point and dining experience await customers in Denver.
Want to go? Midtown Sundries, 7296 N.C. 73, Denver, 704-822-1380.