By Benjamin Janocha; The Whetstone
Wesley College students will receive a 10 percent discount at The Grey Fox Grille every Wednesday.
Despite being only a few hundred feet from campus and about four years old, most Wesley students haven’t heard of the restaurant.
“We’re four blocks away and it’s crazy that we’re not seeing more students here,” said Grey Fox Owner Diane Welsh.
In late August, Welsh developed the promotional Wesley Wednesdays, providing local college students a 10 percent discount non-alcoholic menu items.
“In terms of what it offers to Wesley students, it’s is just the spot for 20-somethings looking for a place to sit down, sit outside in a garden, sit inside at the bar, or just to get a burger.”
Most students seem excited about the discount.
“If there’s a discount involved, I’d go,” said Educational Studies Major Destiny Williams.
Williams has never gone to the restaurant.
“I wouldn’t say Dover is a ‘college town,’” said Danielle Smith.
Senior Danielle Smith said Dover doesn’t feel like a college town because it doesn’t offer much to students.
“If they want to target anyone, it should be college students,” she said.
Business administration major Chardae Booker said she’s never heard of the Grey Fox Grille.
“People stay in their rooms or try to find something to do but there’s nothing,” she said
Music industry major Sarah Habel said she used to go to Frazier’s, which is across the street from the post office off of Loockerman Street.
“I want to try something new,” she said.
The menus of Fraizer’s and The Grey Fox “seem on par, price wise,” she said. “The Grey Fox Grille seemed a little bit fancier and that kind of stood out.”
Owner and manager Welsh said a restaurant is about character.
“A building like this is unique because it was built in 1881,” she said. “It was a private home which creates an ambience you cannot get anywhere else.”
Before it was The Grey Fox, for decades it was called the W T Smithers Restaurant, or Smithers, a popular hangout for Wesley staff and students because it offered cheap food and beer.
The Grey Fox does not offer discounts on alcohol.
Senior Victor Rosas-Granda said he goes the Grey Fox for brunch, regularly ordering the Salmon Hemingway.
“It’s classy,” he said. “It definitely appeals to an older crowd because younger people don’t want to go to a classy place like that.”