As most of you know by now, Main Street Wings Purcellville (MSWPVL) is no longer in existence. It came as a total and sudden shock to those of us who have worked there putting our blood, sweat and tears into making it the extremely successful restaurant that it was. MSWPVL has been known for years for its friendly atmosphere and comfortable environment. In this small town, everybody knew everybody and coming to eat there was like a big extended family reunion. You saw your neighbor, your pastor, your teacher, bus driver, mailman, mayor, dentist, mechanic, rescue workers,and more. Being family in the tightest small community sort of way we knew birthdays, helped elderly when sick, brought home fallen heroes, supported each other thru divorces, deaths, sicknesses and much more. I have been truly blessed to have been a part of this unusual anomaly and I am truly saddened by its closure.
It was by no means due to the staff at the store. The employees were dedicated, loyal and very hard working, pumping out thousands of dollars worth of food daily to feed table after table of hungry guests. All food was prepared fresh and to order and pride was taken to ensure customer satisfaction. Night after night, year after year, families, couples, young and old would flock through the doors sometimes having to wait because the dining room was filled to capacity. “Hi, how are you?’, “You can have a seat wherever you’d like”, and “Thank you have a great night” were phrases used over and over by the friendly staff. Tuesday nights were a circus with families for the “kids night”, Wednesday every football player can to eat his body weight in “all you can eat” wings, Thursdays we had our loyal Freddy and friends come (even after we took their favorite ribeye dinner off the menu!). After a riotous uproar we even had to put mac and cheese back on the menu for our regulars..What other place would have done that?
Night after night the dinner theater show was trying to get ice out of the machine that kept jamming..servers banging on it, poking it with a knife-anything to get the ice out. For years the booths were ductaped in colorful strips-yet people kept coming and coming. It was enjoyable to come to work to experience such a wonderful atmosphere of community.
I have never worked with a staff that worked so hard or been surrounded by so many people whose hearts were filled with kindness and love. And that’s what makes closing even harder to bear. The unique individuals that made MSWPVL what it was can not be found anywhere else. As the store manager and being part of this wonderful place will be something i will never forget.
I cannot begin to thank each and every person that contributed to the MSWPVL legacy. The past and present employees who have always been like family-thank you for all your dedication and hard work. Regardless of circumstances (no air condition/heat, no food deliveries etc) you gave it your all. The business couldn’t have survived this long without you.
For each and every guest , a sincere thank you for continuing to support us with your patronage. Without customers a business is nothing. MSWPVL was Purcellville’s “Cheers” where everyone knew your name and you could feel comfortable regardless of age, color, size, occupation or religious belief. Each guest was our family and we treated them with respect and kindness.
Although with time this will just be another story of “what once was” in the storytelling of locals, the empty void it has caused in our hearts will be forever felt. And I hope your stories will stay alive with memories that include Jen keeping track of all the little Burtons (including and especially Rob), Melissa being the “pregnant again?!” girl, Galin putting the first bricks on the walls as a highschooler and now growing into a college graduate marrying her true love, Nicky being on “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?’, the Bolend girls getting “big girl jobs”, our Super Bowl Sundays with wing chaos and me becoming a grandmother for the first time. These and other fabulous memories that we all shared and made together can never be erased. So with doors locked and lights out, MSWPVL is gone but will never be forgotten.
Main Street Wings Purcellville