Eat-a-Bite comes to Monette

Thursday, September 3, 2009
On hand at the Eat-a-Bite ribbon cutting pictured are, from left: Committee member Raye Finley, Beautification Committee Chairman Joyce Read, Mayor Chub Qualls, owners Cheryl Hufford, Rudy Hufford Johnny Grooms, and DeLynda Grooms, employees Nick Birdno, Judy James and Florence Morley, along with Committee members Ernestine Harrell, Terri Higginbotham, and Barbara Suber. (Town Crier photo/Nan Snider)

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Tuesday, Aug. 25, to welcome Eat-A-Bite restaurant to the Monette business community.

Monette Mayor Chub Qualls and members of the Monette City Beautification Committee were on hand for the formal ribbon cutting and welcome certificate presentation, in front of the new business at 217 Drew Avenue.

Owners Rudy and Cheryl Hufford and Johnny and DeLynda Grooms purchased the former B&B Restaurant from Barbara and Terry Carr last month and have been busy putting their own individual stamp on the business.

The families farm in partnership outside Paragould, where Mr. Grooms co-owns a fish farm. Mrs. Hufford has done catering for a few years and wanted to try her hand at a full-fledged restaurant business.

The Huffords have five children, and 10 grandchildren. Their daughter DeLynda and husband Johnny, and granddaughter Jordi Grooms complete the Monette business partnership.

The business currently has seven employees. Cheryl and DeLynda work full time. Rudy works part time and continues to handle the other businesses at Paragould. Johnny is a sports trainer at Buffalo Island Central High School.

Eat-A-Bite has a lunch buffet Monday through Thursday from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m, with Friday being fish day from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. Fish day includes catfish and all the trimmings. They have introduced several new items which include a salad bar, homemade desserts, fried dill pickles, fried green beans, buffalo wings, nachos, soup a day. New specialties include a chicken salad sandwich on croissant roll, jumbo fried shrimp, baked spaghetti and garlic toast.

They are working to accommodate several small parties and fellowships, with advance notice.

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