Photograph by Lance Lanagan
Keith and Marion Watts have been married almost 40 years and have been successful in their careers as an accountant and teacher, respectively. But as retirement loomed, the Middletown couple decided they wanted to embark on a different venture. They envisioned a place where they could offer “freshly cooked, homemade sandwiches.” Their idea, The Sandwich Nook (212 S. Governors Ave., Dover, 724-7313), became a reality in July.
“We wanted something to do,” explains Keith Watts. “We wanted to reinvent ourselves.” Their welcoming shop, which seats 25, offers counter service with a menu that includes all manner of fillings between bread: tuna salad, pulled pork, grilled cheese, burgers and hot dogs. Because of student diners from Wesley College and DelState, they recently started offering hoagies. To date, their specials have included fried fish sandwiches, barbecue chicken, chicken wings and meatloaf, all with a side of their popular mac and cheese. The entrepreneurs chose Dover for their business because, Watts says, “the area is growing, and it gives us an opportunity to grow.”