Here are answers to questions we’re repeatedly asked since opening up four months ago.
How long have you been here?
We officially opened May 18, 2011. We were open for breakfast and lunch until Memorial Day. Thereafter, we’ve been a lunch and dinner place _ 11 AM to 8 PM, Monday through Thursday, 11 AM to 5 PM Friday and Sunday. We have always been closed Saturday.
Why aren’t you open on Saturday?
It’s our Sabbath day. We’ve been keeping the Sabbath for more than nine years and we agreed we would not give it up for the restaurant. For more details on this topic, check out this story that ran in the Denver Post.
Where are you from?
We’d love to tell you somewhere exotic like Kingston, Jamaica, mon, or San Juan , Puerto Rico, or heck, the southside of Chicago. I grew up in Aurora, Colo., and Frank in a small town in north central Illinois. We live in Denver.
Are you having fun?
This is a relative question. If you mean fun as compared to:
Dina: Blowing birthday money at a Nordstrom’s shoe sale? No.
Frank: Drinking a beer and watching the White Sox? No.
Or fun as compared to:
Dina: Visiting an auto parts store? Yes.
Frank: Watering the lawn? Yes.
Actually, we have the most fun when customers walk in the door. Having a full house, the phone constantly ringing for pick up orders and deliveries is really a blast. Yes, the hours are long, but when we’re busy, they fly by.
How’s it going?
We’re not studying yacht brochures just yet, but sales are moving in a positive direction and we are optimistic about our prospects. Other operators have told us to expect a roller coaster ride in our first year and that’s what we’re experiencing. Even though you’re the only customer in the restaurant when you ask this question, you may have just missed a crazy lunch rush or several take-out orders.
What is your signature dish?
That’s a tough one. We have eight signature sandwiches and three special dinner plates, two of which also come in vegetarian versions. The spicy jerk chicken is a leader, but the smoked beef brisket is no slouch. The Puerto Rican rib eye sandwich had developed a strong following and we’re building a reputation for our Friday Fish Fry. The burgers and hot dogs are always popular.
How far do you deliver?
About a one to one-and-half mile radius from the restaurant. So, roughly from 17th to Bruce Randolph avenues, from Welton and Downing streets to Cherry Street in Park Hill. But everything is negotiable.
Are you hiring?
Our goal is to hire folks who can replace us _ cooks, dishwashers, cashiers, delivery drivers. But we’re not there yet. As Frank says, we still need a thousand more people to buy a steak sandwich from us. But you can send us your resume for future reference. _FranksKitchenCO@gmail.com.
Is your food any good?
It always surprises us that people ask such an obvious question. We understand that new customers want to know if they are going to like what they buy. So they ask. And, of course, the answer is, yes, our food is outstanding. But there is only one way to truly find out.
Sorry. No one here speaks Chinese. (And yes, we regret keeping our predecessor’s phone number for our restaurant.)