Kings-X at 21st and Amidon is closing

Linda and Jack Davidson

The Kings-X restaurant at 21st and Amidon is closing, its owners said today. Its last day in business will be Nov. 25.

Jack and Linda Davidson, who own the Jimmie’s Diners at 3111 N. Rock Road and 1519 George Washington Blvd., took over the business in 2007. Though they own the building, they lease the ground it stands on, which has been sold to make way for a CVS Pharmacy.

The building, which has been operating as Kings-X since 1968, will be torn down, Jack Davidson said. The restaurant was the last remaining of the original Kings-X chain, which was created by A.J. (Jimmie) King. in 1938.

The interior of Kings X, as photographed by neighbor Jaime Green, who is very sad the restaurant is closing.

The Davidsons say they hope to open another restaurant in the 21st and Amidon area. It would be called Jimmie’s Diner but would have the same service and menu.
In the meantime, the Davidsons will find places at their two remaining restaurants for the 20 or so Kings-X employees, some of whom have worked there for 20 years or more.

He’ll also put on promotions and specials for longtime customers during the restaurant’s remaining weeks, he said.

“We like that little part of town, and I think we bring something to that market,” he said. “We hope to be back.”