• 70°

By Robin M. Perry
For the Salisbury Post
ROCKWELL — Curtis Leach reopened the East Rowan Café earlier this month, adding his name to the diner and his personal desire to offer quality, fresh food at an affordable price for the family.
So far, his friendly café is busy and folks are enjoying the food and the reasonable prices.
Many in Rockwell know Curtis Leach. He owns the This ‘N That Trading Post on N.C. 52 and Curt’s Auction House in Albemarle. He used to own Curt’s Café in Albemarle too.
Recently, he learned from the former owner of the East Rowan Café that she was interested in selling.
“It happened fast,” he said.
They opened three weeks ago and are getting busier each day, according to manager, Jeremy Hale. With his new café, Curtis wants to provide diners with more than just the typical pizza, barbecue or burger fair.
“I grew up here and remember going to Beatty’s Open Kitchen in Salisbury for fresh vegetable plates,” Leach says. “We offer vegetable plates and they have been quite popular.”
He said, “Anything we can buy local, we do.”
That includes vegetables from local markets and meats from Frank Corriher Beef and Sausage in China Grove and B&M Packing in Albemarle.
The café is open from 5:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday, serving breakfast and lunch. Leach hopes to be open for dinner once he gets a cook and evening staff in place.
The menu offers a variety of breakfast favorites and lunch time salads, sandwiches and daily specials.
For breakfast, several customers raved about the western omelette ($4.75). Grady Howard said he has traveled all over the world, and not had an omelette anywhere as good as Curt’s.
First time visitor Kate Hendrix agreed.
We tried the homemade waffles with pecans ($3) and found them to be excellent. Other items include French toast ($2.69), eggs with meat sides ($3.25) and biscuits.
For lunch, there are daily specials that have been quite popular, especially the meat loaf on Thursdays.
“We sell out of it,” Hale says. Other specials include spaghetti, country-style steak, grilled chicken breast and Curt’s Favorite Burger. They all cost $5.25 and come with two sides and bread. The servings are hearty.
Vegetable plates run from $2.69 to $4.59 and you can choose from green beans, lima beans, pintos, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, baked apples, squash, okra and mixed vegetables. All are cooked to order.
Desserts are also fresh and reasonable. You can get pecan pie, strawberry cake, peanut butter pie or Cheerwine cake for $1.75 per slice.
As an opening special, Curt’s is offering certain lunch items for $1, such as burgers, bologna sandwich, chicken salad or a BLT and fries or chips and onion rings. These specials are dine-in only.
The walls of the café still have pictures and memorabilia from local schools. Leach welcomes folks to bring new items from their schools to post on the walls. He remembers the café being the spot where many East Rowan team members liked to eat. Many of the pictures are from those days, dating back quite a few years. He welcomes all area schools to make the East Rowan Café their regular spot.
“I love seeing people happy,” Leach says, “when they eat here and feel like they get their money’s worth, and leave with a smile on their face, that is what makes it all worthwhile,” he states.
Curt’s also has a children’s menu, take-out and catering, and you can reserve a room for your own party or group. You can do so by calling 704-279-2008.

Comments

Comments closed.

China Grove

Reaper’s Realm owners promise beefed-up security after weekend shooting

Business

Contractor expands local footprint, takes on county’s coronavirus projects

News

Home Improvement: Holiday gifts to spark home improvement ideas

Elections

Political Notebook: Local parties will host watch parties for presidential debate

Crime

China Grove man cited for driving through school field

BREAKING NEWS

October closure hearings set for Faith, Enochville elementary schools

Crime

Police say man gave false name after high speed chase, crashing into lumber truck

Coronavirus

Nearly 400 cases considered currently active in the county

Education

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College creates free course to help parents tackle virtual learning

Business

New unemployment claims down in August, could indicate positive trend for businesses

Crime

Salisbury man faces drug possession charges after overdose call

Crime

Police: Man charged after children call 911 from neighbor’s house

Ask Us

Ask Us: Who are people behind sign at City Park playground?

Coronavirus

Prison in Salisbury latest site of COVID-19 outbreak

Crime

Blotter: Salisbury Man charged with felony assault by strangulation

Nation/World

Trump vows quick Supreme Court vote, Biden urges delay for Nov. 3

Nation/World

New rule may strip pollution protections from popular lakes

East Spencer

East Spencer draws crowd for annual community day

Elections

In Rowan’s legislative races, Howard, Warren get off to strongest start in fundraising

Business

From Navy SEAL to Medicare agent, Trent Waller looks to continue serving his community

Elections

In 13th Congressional District race, Budd, Huffman differ on government’s role in COVID-19 help

Local

Rowan County Telecommunications joins new state digital 911 system

Education

School board will consider scheduling public hearings for Faith, Enochville closures

Business

Biz Roundup: Food Lion makes donation to support racial equality and justice