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What does it take to serve hundreds of fish fry dinners on the first Friday of Lent?

Posted at 8:47 AM, Mar 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-08 08:47:11-05

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Leonard Post 6251 VFW in Cheektowaga quickly fills with customers on Friday nights during the Lenten season.

It's what happens in the kitchen that keeps everyone happy and full. Step-by-step and all from scratch, the sibling owner team of Dave's Kitchen churns out anywhere from 50 to upwards of 200 fish dinners a night.

In Western New York, dinners are usually served with mac salad, potato salad, fries, coleslaw and rye bread. David's Kitchen has all of those and more and they're making them just like you would in your home kitchen. "We want it to feel like family and like it's home cooked," says Rob Courtney, co-owner of David's Kitchen.

Courtney says the traffic in the dining room can be quite unpredictable, but it does get busy. That's why the kitchen and waitstaff have overflow seating in the other banquet rooms so that no one is turned away and kept waiting for a table. "People really love coming to enjoy this dinner, especially during Lent," says Courtney. If you're not abstaining from meat, there's still a full menu including a Polish platter with potato pancakes and kielbasa and beef on weck among many other menu items.

Dinner is served on Fridays from 3:30 pm to 8 pm. You can find more information here. It's located at 2450 Walden Ave. in Cheektowaga. You can call at (716) 684-4371.