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Huddle House earns award

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Local restaurant best in region

By Jim Clark

Chiefland's Huddle House restaurant has been honored as the best in the South Region.

The local store received a $5,000 check from Mike Weimer, CEO, and is eligible for the overall "Best of the Best" honor which will be presented at a convention in Orlando this weekend.

The top award is $15,000.

Earnest Burch has been the manager of the store for about nine months, but has been with Huddle House for 10 years "off and on." The "off" part included a stint with the U.S. Army during which time he was stationed in Germany.

The award is based on several criteria, including cleanliness, quality of the food and customer service. A mystery shopper is sometimes sent in, and the store got 100 percent evaluation during the last visit.

The store as 12 employees and Hillary Snyder, assistant manager; Mary Bryant, head server; Kari Jenkins, co-server; Cynthia Rodgers, shift leader; and Lonnie Worley, head cook.

Mike Eriech is the franchise owner.