By Molly Reitter
MOORESVILLE – Chris Yelton grew up in Coulwood eating at the original Sports Page. He went to West Mecklenburg High School and worked at the restaurant. Eventually he helped open the Denver location. When the opportunity came about to open and then become the general manager at Mooresville location, Yelton jumped at the chance. But he didn’t stop there.
“I will soon be the owner of this restaurant,” Yelton said proudly. And he has much to be proud about.
Sports Page is an anomaly. It is a hybrid of a sports bar and country kitchen – that alone is enough to set it apart. But the restaurant goes further. It also has an amazing menu full of homemade items and inexpensive specials. In short, it is the perfect place for locals to gather as it melds sports, food, drink and that neighborhood feel all in one restaurant.
The Sports Page has specials every day that are home-cooked and reasonably priced, such as country-fried steak, fried chicken and stuffed chicken.
There are always fresh vegetables cooked to order, including pinto beans, squash and collard greens. The restaurant also makes their own biscuits and cornbread, and the dressings, sauces, potato salad, coleslaw, wing sauce and salsa are all homemade.
“We even make our own croutons,” said Yelton. “It’s crazy how much stuff we make in-house, but it’s worth it for the excellent quality.”
Plus there are plenty of citified entrées as well, like the seared tuna salad with goat cheese, pine nuts and tomatoes served with a homemade sesame dressing.
There are more than 30 flat-screen TVs throughout the restaurant.
“No one in Mooresville has more televisions than we do,” Yelton said. “It is a really great place to watch sporting events.”
The restaurant tries very hard to create a delicious and affordable place to bring the family. There is a $1.85 beer special every night, among other specials. For example, kids eat free on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, and Thursday night has a fajita special.
“People can come in and get real, home-cooked food for a very reasonable price,” said Yelton.
Sports Page also operates as a more traditional bar after the kiddies are tucked in bed. The bar area is the largest of the three Sports Page restaurants. There is live music on Tuesday nights featuring classic rock. Then on Friday nights, one of the waitresses serenades the patrons with country, rock and pop.
A central tenet for Sportpage is to give back and be part of the community. Yelton is from this area and he realizes the importance of being a part of the lives of his customers.
Yelton learned of a local boy who has leukemia and wanted to help in some way. So every Wednesday night a portion of food proceeds go to help Bryson Smith with his treatment (see www.brysonsfuel.com).
“It’s just a small way to help out Bryson and his family,” said Yelton.
Plus the restaurant sponsors church functions and many sports teams.
Breanna Quigley and her mother Krista love to eat at their local Denver Sports Page.
Breanna had an orthodontist appointment in Mooresville and the two made a stop at the Mooresville location.
“The chicken tenders and fries are really the best!” said Krista Quigley. “We love the neighborhood feel. Oh, and the breadsticks. Can’t forget about the amazing breadsticks.”
Yelton is proud to be a part of the Sports Page family. This restaurant truly has something for everyone.
“People will so often say to me that they can’t believe they can get such good food at a bar,” he said. “The secret is that we are a restaurant first!”
Sports Page Mooresville
128 Argus Lane, Mooresville