Patrons were welcome to more than just a Big House platter Saturday morning at the Rincon Huddle House.
The store held its grand re-opening, showing off its newly-renovated interior.
“We gutted the whole building and brought in whole new equipment,” said Huddle House district manager Pat Brown.
“This was a total rebuild,” added Alan Renfroe, director of company restaurants for Huddle House. “The only thing left was the four walls. We even put in new plumbing.”
They also pushed the building out but did so without sacrificing any of its parking spaces. As one of the higher-volume stores, the company decided to do a remodel of the Rincon location. They also will do a remodeling of the Springfield but not quite to the extent of the one in Rincon, according to Brown.
“This is our new evolution,” Renfroe said. “A lot of the franchisees are moving over to this format.”
Across the company, approximately 30-40 Huddle Houses are in the planning stages of getting this kind of makeover. The Rincon store, which is 25 years old, is one of the first in line to get the new look.
“This is the first older building we had remodeled,” Renfroe said.
Among the changes are the Huddle Booth, a booth large enough for families to sit and talk, and new high-definition TVs mounted for customers to watch. The new look also includes new logos and new graphics.
“The Huddle Booth is a new feature,” Renfroe said. “It’s only been in two (stores) before.”
There is also a Touch Tunes that patrons can sit at their tables and listen to through their iPods as well.
Among the revisions are tables that can seat eight people, in order to accommodate families.
“It’s a lot more kid-friendly and family-friendly,” Renfroe said.