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Photo by Pat Sunderland Cynthia's is a family venture for Deon and Anine Appelgryn and their two daughters, Corrini and Amoré, who plays the piano Friday and Saturday nights. The Appelgryns also have two grown sons living in Texas.

Great food ... good friends ... unforgettable memories. That's the vision that forms the basis for Cynthia's, the restaurant operated by Deon and Anine Appelgryn. The large cedar-clad restaurant on Highway 92 has had several names over the years, and was even closed for a short time before the Appelgryns found the location they'd been searching for. They were living in Dallas, Texas, ready for a break from the corporate world, when they decided to go into the restaurant business. A year-long search brought them to western Colorado, where they were told Delta needed a decent restaurant.

Since then, they've been trying to identify what makes a "decent restaurant" in the eyes of Delta residents. They're still learning, but believe they've got the right foundation -- a menu featuring steaks and seafood, food that's consistently well prepared, and a staff that has the ability and passion to provide a memorable dining experience.

"It all starts the minute our customers enter the front door," said Lisa Stanley, the front of the house manager. The décor, the music, the food all combine to create an ambience that fulfills a vision the Appelgryns have had in the back of their minds since they were newly married and still living in South Africa. On their first anniversary, they had an amazing night out at a restaurant called Cynthia's. That evening set the bar by which they measure all other restaurants, and it's why they named their own venture Cynthia's.

Although they most recently lived in Dallas, the Appelgryns grew up in a small agricultural town similar to Delta. They've worked through the bumps in the road typical of a new business venture and are now hosting special events in the banquet room. The next step is to get more connected to the community. They recognize they're outsiders, and so rely heavily on input from their customers. "We listen to what people have to say and we adapt," said Deon, who makes it a point to seek feedback, both good and bad, from restaurant patrons.

The restaurant opens at 11 a.m. Monday-Friday and at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Steak, ribs and prime rib (available Friday and Saturday nights only) are customer favorites. Seafood entrees include fish and chips, shrimp scampi, salmon and scallops. Or choose one of the restaurant specialties -- bow tie chicken, chicken fried chicken and chicken fried steak.

The menu also includes appetizers, salads and sandwiches. The Philly cheese steak is a popular lunch choice. Daily specials have included a Guinness stew and chicken pot pie.

All menu items are available in the pub, where patrons gather to watch sports or enjoy ladies' night out.

Check out the full menu at www.cynthias.restaurant. Reservations can be made online or by calling 874-7688.

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