A ground-breaking ceremony was held last week at the future location of a pair of restaurants – Huddle House and Embers Wood Fire Pizza – adjacent to the Holiday Inn Express in Vandalia.
"We're excited to get going," said Vicki Ellsworth, who along with her husband, Robert, are launching the restaurants. They already have Huddle House restaurants in Greenville and Highland. She expects the local Huddle House restaurant to be open in November, with Embers to follow in December. Korte & Luitjohan Construction will be the general contractor for the project, with several area businesses serving as subcontractors. Sally Emerick, who manages the Holiday Inn Express, said that she's looking forward to the additional services provided by the restaurants. "I'm excited for what it offers to our guests," she said. "We've waited six years for something, and these restaurants will be a big plus to this part of town."