MINT HILL – After months of accolades and years of growth, Dunwellz Custom Kitchen and Pour House is throwing a party.
The restaurant and bar celebrated its seventh anniversary on June 13 and will continue its tradition of throwing a birthday bash on the first weekend after the Fourth of July.
Dunwellz’s seventh anniversary on July 13 will be highlighted with a low country boil with shrimp, sausage, corn on the cob, red potatoes and cornbread. The menu includes chicken & dumplings, fried green tomatoes and peach cobbler. The bar will serve drink specials all day, starting as low as $2.50 on select beer brands, with live music starting at 5 p.m.
Owners Jimmy and Missy Toler have had seven years worth of growth. Recent weeks have produced some of the highest sales in the restaurant’s history.
“As an owner, my job is easy,” Jimmy said. “I hire the right people.”
The Tolers employ eight salaried managers and 72 staffers, much bigger than they originally thought.
“Our sales are doubled what we hoped our five-year plan was going to be,” Jimmy said. “So it’s more than what we thought it was originally going to be. I tell people all the time, we’ve had slow problems. We’ve had busy problems. I like the busy problems better.”
In May, Dunwellz won Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly’s inaugural Munch Madness, a bracket-style challenge in which readers voted on their favorite restaurants. Readers also voted Dunwellz as the Best Bar in the newspaper’s readers’ choice awards.
The Tolers say they are glad to be part of Mint Hill. Jimmy said sometimes it’s hard to turn tables because people will get up and talk to other tables.
“It just becomes that place that everybody kind of goes to,” he said. “We’ve been around long enough, thank goodness, that we’ve become a part of the community.”