The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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December 26, 2009

Huddle House

Beckley eatery reopens under new ownership

Owner and operator Bob Canter says Huddle House is back in Beckley and better than ever before.

Canter, who also manages the Microtel Inn and Suites next door, reopened the restaurant in early November.

The Beckley location previously operated from January 2008 to May 22, 2009.

“It didn’t work out for the previous franchisee,” he explained. “Then the building sat empty for June, July and August. Finally in September, I spent three weeks in Georgia for corporate training to be able to purchase and successfully operate Huddle House.”

Originally from Charleston, the owner moved to town six years ago and said he plans to ingrain Huddle House in the Beckley community.

“I want to build a better relationship with the community,” said Canter. “My situation is going to be a lot better because with the Microtel next door, we’re able to include more things in a package when it comes to ski season.

“We have skiers coming to town and groups for soccer tournaments in the spring and summer. There’s just a lot more things that we can now co-op and do with them, so it’s going to benefit the community as well as visitors.”

He said everyone who has come in since the reopening has been very impressed.

“The food itself and its quality hasn’t changed,” Canter continued. “It’s just the manner in which it’s cooked that is a little better. It really is a decent place to eat at a good price.”

The whole premise of Huddle House was built on people coming back after games, discussing the high points and what happened, Canter says.

“That’s how it became the huddle house,” explained the owner. “So we would like to dedicate a wall to showcase local sports memorabilia.”

Additionally, Huddle House now has a total of 14 employees whom Canter refers to as “a strong group.”

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