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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.