The Huddle House in Inverness is scheduled to open Tuesday after a two-year absence.
And except for a few modern-looking tweaks to the decor and the menu, the former favorite will look pretty much the same.
The location, at 321 U.S. 41 South, will be the first of three openings in the state in the coming months for franchise owner Mike Lokhandwala, who is also opening Huddle House restaurants in Brooksville and Crystal River.
That’s right — diners on the westside will also have their old Huddle House back soon. Look for a mid-November opening for the one at the corner of 1208 NE Fifth St. and State Road 44 in Crystal River. And yes, both will still be open 24 hours, seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
“This is a whole new redesign that the company has been rolling out the past year,” Huddle House spokeswoman Sydney Thompson said. “It’s designed to increase operational efficiency and modernize the look of the restaurant.”
Diners can expect some of the old favorites and be treated to a few new menu items. For example, for the first time in its 50-year existence, pancakes (or “sweet cakes”) are now an entree item. Stuffed hash browns are also available.
“I could not be more excited to reopen our doors to the Inverness community,” Lokhandwala said. “We can’t wait to introduce everyone to our new look and updated menu. We think guests will really enjoy the revitalized restaurant.”
The new restaurant will employ 20 to 25 people.
Huddle House tends to locate in smaller, rural communities, according to Lokhandwala. Its main competitors include Waffle House and IHOP.
The Atlanta-based chain has more than 350 locations nationwide and another 47 are in development.