What the articles don't mention is that Wright suffered a serious motorcycle accident in 2002 while living in Florida. The injuries to his right leg led to a series of 27 surgeries over the next five years. Despite the continuing complications from this injury, and his doctor's advice that he should not stand for prolonged periods of time, Wright has been determined to follow his culinary dreams.
Cheryl Woods is already a repeat customer to the restaurant. "I like everything on the menu. Once people come, they will continue to come because his food is good. It's nice to have someone else do your cooking and it's always delicious. He cooks like your grandmother's home cooking. I'll stop after work and get dinner. They give nice healthy portions. I usually have enough to take for lunch the next day."
Of Wright, Woods said "He's an inspiration to people. He shows if you put your heart and mind to something you can do it."
Another guest, Anna Schles, was enjoying a half slab of ribs. "I like the smoky flavor of the ribs and that they don't put any sauce on unless you ask for it. They're delicious."
The menu consists of nine types of sandwiches, ranging from $2 to $7: pulled pork, ribs, Italian sausage, Philly cheese steak, fish, bratwurst, chicken breast, hot beef bologna and hot dogs.
There are five sides at $1.50 each: a richly textured, lightly dressed coleslaw, a mustard-based potato salad, creamy macaroni and cheese, homemade baked beans and collard greens. A reviewer on whycharlestonwv.com enthusiastically declared the collard greens to be "the best I've ever had."
The dinners range from $6 to $9: ribs, chicken breast, Italian sausage, pulled pork, fish, or a combo plate of two meat choices. Each dinner comes with two sides.
The restaurant also sells a whole slab of ribs for $26 or a half slab for $15. "I don't put any sauce on until you say so. Then you have a choice of hot, two beer hot, mild, sweet or mixed, which is the best of both worlds," Wright said.
Patrons can join the "Grill Club" and after they have purchased ten meals, they get one free.
Wright said that he will soon be experimenting with occasional hours on Sunday. "In a couple of Sundays I'm going to do an all-soul food dinner after church. I'm going to have smothered pork chops, fried chicken, mac'n cheese, mashed potatoes, cabbage, black-eyed peas, back bones, homemade cakes and pies."
When asked to name his customers' favorites, he said without hesitation, "pulled pork and ribs. Greens have been a favorite, too. Macaroni and cheese has been flying out the door. Everyone's been waiting for that."
Wright's catering business has been busy as well. He had several Thanksgiving catering jobs. "I sold 19 to 20 deep fried turkeys. I also had smoked turkeys and smoked hams."
The restaurant is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. They make deliveries for orders over $20 with a $5 delivery fee. To place an order, call 304-550-4431. DEM 2 Brothers And A Grill also has a Facebook page.
Reach Judy E. Hamilton at judy.hamil...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1230.