Wingchester’s finds new home in Rifle
After working as a restaurant consultant in the Denver area, opening several establishments including the first Wingchester’s in Aurora, Tim Law headed to Rifle to open what he hopes will be the new spot for Rifle families and young adults.
“This is a new kind of challenge for me,” he explained. “Putting restaurants together in the Denver market has its own challenges, but having a rural environment has its own set of challenges as well.
“It’s a beautiful community out here and everybody has been extremely helpful and kind.”
Rifle Wingchester’s has been under construction in the former Burger King restaurant building in South Rifle for over a year. Property owner Ryan Koster hopes it will be worth the wait.
Koster grew up in Glenwood Springs and his family owned the Rifle Burger King for many years. But, as the years went by, he decided it was time to offer something new to residents and travelers.
“Rifle has a ton of fast-food options,” he said. “We wanted something that wasn’t typical drive-through.”
The Rifle Wingchester’s was going to be the flagship restaurant. But the one in Aurora opened early, so Koster was excited about a holiday season opening.
Wingchester’s held a soft opening on Dec. 20, with its grand opening the following day.
“Out here, we feel like we are in a position to offer something different that isn’t already here,” he explained.
Aside from a full dinner menu, Wingchester’s will offer 22 Colorado craft beers, as it has already been approved of a liquor license from Rifle City Council.
Law said the restaurant will be open until at least 10 p.m. every night, with closing time at midnight from Thursday through Saturday.
Law said one thing he’s noticed from social media and interacting with the community is that people are concerned that we are a big company coming into town.
“This is locally owned, with a property owner that’s owned this for 30 years,” he said. “For every Whopper purchased … that money has stayed in Rifle.”
He said the company he works for owns several other establishments in the valley, as it’s not an outside company coming in, but rather the evolution of an existing company.
“The build-out of the restaurant has taken about a year,” he added. “If this were some sort of chain, it would have been built in three months.”
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