Frank and Dina Berta want their new restaurant, Frank's Kitchen, to be the go-to spot for the Whittier neighborhood.
"We've gotten a very positive response," says Dina of Frank's, a breakfast and lunch joint that opened May 19. "I think the neighborhood is glad to see some activity here. We want to be a neighborhood restaurant and they've been very supportive."
Frank owned his own contracting business for years, and Dina was a reporter for the Rocky Mountain News, then wrote for Nation's Restaurant News. When they decided to get into the food business, they thought about a food truck -- but then last December found the spot at 2600 High Street.
The space, which once held an Asian joint, has a modest dining room with a handful of tables and a take-out window. The menu features such comforting fare as breakfast burritos and burgers, an array of coffee drinks and sandwiches that range from Vienna all-beef hot dogs (Frank is from Chicago) to a KC Reuben dog. The brisket and jerk chicken have been early favorites, according to Dina.
"We're doing a variety of comfort food, diner stuff," explains Frank. "We're a little bit eclectic, but it's all stuff I like to eat. The basic thing is we like to cook everything from scratch. We have our own smoker and a lot of the stuff like the jerk chicken or the brisket is like a two-day process."
Frank's is open every day except Saturday; Monday through Thursday it stays open until 7 p.m. so that diners can pick up to-go food for dinner; the restaurant also offers delivery and catering. For more information, call 303-296-3838.
Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.