The Untouchables: Forty Years of Delicious Food & Dedicated Customers!

As The Untouchables in Denver, NC, begins commemorating an inspired 40 years in business, owner Scott Gilleland is proud of the accomplishment on many levels!

Of course there’s an amazing menu that never disappoints, and a genuine camaraderie between the staff and the community — but the one thing Scott is most proud of is the restaurant’s wonderful, loyal customers.

“We have the best customers in the world!” he explains. “Seeing second and third generation customers come in with their children and grandchildren is so special — we feel like we are part of those families.”

Scott began his career at The Untouchables as a busboy in 1987 – four years after the restaurant opened in 1983 – and as its owner, he is continuing the tradition of delicious cuisine and impeccable service the Lake Norman community has come to respect. The restaurant originally opened in August of 1983, thanks to three local businessmen —Richard Howard, Charles Connor, and Marshall Digh. Jeff Bolick (owner of Boxcar Grille in Statesville), and also Scott’s mentor, later became an operating partner, and Scott went on to become a partner in 1997. He was able to become sole proprietor in 2004, and the much-loved tradition goes on!


“I’m very proud The Untouchables has been able to maintain its presence in the Maiden/Denver area for 40 years,” says Scott.

He also attributes that success to continuously giving back to the community, an effort he’s been devoted to since the restaurant first opened. The Untouchables donates to schools, churches, non-profits, and those in need, with long-time restaurant manager, Hope Wise, organizing each charity event. Community spirit runs deep here, and the staff takes that relationship very seriously!

“I’m very proud we are able to support our local schools by hosting spirit nights at the restaurant,” says Scott. Police officers, EMS, and firefighters also receive discounts, as a way of giving thanks, while giving back.


There’s never a shortage of goodness on the menu either (including the best pizza in town!), and Scott knows another key factor in the restaurant’s success is their collection of made-from-scratch recipes, and the use of only the freshest ingredients.

“Every day we start off with a bag of flour and make our own dough!” he shares. “We also make our pizza sauce, spaghetti sauce, and fresh-cut all our vegetables. Of course we hand-patty our half-pound burgers, and we make our own salads and dressings for the salad bar. Pretty much anything that can be made in-house, we make right here!”


Scott and The Untouchables team are planning several events and special promotions for their 40th anniversary, so stay up-to-date with their Facebook page. They want to invite you and your family to be part of every fun — and delicious — opportunity!

Visit the restaurant at 6020 NC-16 S, in Denver, NC, 704-483-9737, for dine-in or take-out — and offer Scott and the staff a hearty congratulations! Visit their website to check out the menu at Restaurant hours are Monday through Thursday, 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Friday through Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.


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