HUNTERSVILLE – From the outside, Killingtons Restaurant and Pub has an inviting, immaculate curb appeal. Tucked in the Rosedale Shopping Center off Exit 23, patrons will find a crisp black sign with sharp white letters counterbalanced by the classic red brick building.
The host, most probably Frank Nastacie who came with the building, heartily greets each customer with heartfelt hospitality. And, sigh, just like that it’s as if you are home. Come in as a stranger and leave as a friend is the overarching motto of the place.
Owner Shannon Roderick began her career in the marketing department for Sonic Automotive, an affiliate with Speedway, in Charlotte. She started at 22 years of age and began with four dealerships and ended with 180 dealerships.
Needless to say, she was busy and she loved it.
Upon having two boys back to back, she quit the rat race to be a stay-at-home mom but soon found she needed a little more to round out her day.
She and her husband, Greg, already owned Tavern on the Tracks, a South End restaurant with pub food and excellent, daily beer specials. So the two decided to open another more family-orientated restaurant in the Huntersville area.
Killingtons was born Oct. 23, 2008.
The menu is gastro pub with high quality food and a casual atmosphere.
They take home-cooked favorites and change them up a bit, giving the items interesting twists.
Executive Chef Brian Bruce has a considerable amount of fun with the inventive menu. There is also a lunch and dinner feature every day to give him even more creative license.
“It’s so great to work here,” Bruce said. “I get the freedom to explore new tastes through the specials.”
The food at Killingtons is simply splendid and runs the gamut from salads to tenderloins to burgers to wraps.
Bruce makes sure the majority of items are made in-house. There are no shortcuts with canned items here. They also hand-cut their French fries, the wings are never frozen and the grits are local.
They get whole salmon and whole loins delivered and then cut them at the restaurant to ensure the best cuts. There is a fish fry every night with batter made with Red Oak beer.
“It’s actually simpler this way,” Bruce said. “We never over-do it. We try to perfect being simple and let the excellent ingredients speak for themselves.”
The restaurant is open every day at 11 a.m. and on Saturday and Sundays, there is an additional brunch-type menu with breakfast wraps, meatloaf Benedict, steak tip frittata and focaccia French toast.
The menu also has gluten-free options that are designated with a GF.
There is a pastry chef who makes amazing sweets, so be sure to save room at the end of the meal. And there is a full bar with three rotating taps of beer. Catering is available for any size party or event.
Aside from the food, the other hallmark of Killingtons is the fastidious service.
“We train our staff to work as a team,” Roderick said. “We also listen to our employees as they often have great ideas and this keeps everyone happy.”
The testament to the excellence of Killingtons comes from its longevity.
“We really listen to our customers so we can change and grow,” Roderick said. “We open our doors every day in order to give that great restaurant experience.”
Want to go? Killingtons Restaurant and Pub, 10010 Rose Commons Drive, Huntersville, 704-948-3770.