Homecoming Family Restaurant
Please Join Us in Congratulating Homecoming Family Restaurant As March's Logan County Chamber Business & Entrepreneur of the Month.
The Homecoming Family Restaurant is located at 1330 N. Main Street, Bellefontaine where entrepreneur Donald Barnett built The Red Lantern. In the 1970's, Donald Barnett moved his restaurant to another location and the building was purchased by Don and Carol James who opened the Homecoming Restaurant.
The building underwent major renovations in the 1980's adding a new kitchen and dining rooms. In 2001, the James' were looking to lease their restaurant and caught the eye of Jack Davis (who has since retired) and Ron Sidle who were both long-time employees of the Empire Family Restaurants. They were currently operating Motor Inn Family Restaurant, on Route 33 and Route 127 between Columbus and Fort Wayne, and were looking to build a second restaurant and believed that Bellefontaine would be a good spot. When they became aware that the James' were looking to lease the Homecoming Restaurant, they decided to lease instead of build and changed the name to Homecoming Family Restaurant, in order to stress their family atmosphere.
In 2002, they hired Christine Ricketts to serve as their General Manager running the day-to-day operations. Teresa Rumer and Lisa James, two of the original employees, are still an integral part of the kitchen operations.
The Homecoming Family Restaurant's Gift Shop is located in the original Red Lantern building and features many items from local businesses. When browsing, you will find items like Hall's Country Kettle Corn, and a wide variety of gourmet caramel apples and pretzels from The Sweet Life Kitchen.
The Homecoming is a family style restaurant, open seven days a week. They serve an all you can eat breakfast buffet that is available on the weekends along with a lunch time soup and salad bar during the week. One interesting fact about the restaurant is that they have served meals to Earle Bruce, the Ohio State Football Coach, and Hugh Downs, a television personality.
Their marketing strategy centers around what they have learned about their customers. "We have learned that our customers come to restaurant for good comfort food. New menu items only work if they are consistent with that vision, and our staff reminds us of that!"
The Homecoming Family Restaurant was recently recognized by the state for their partnership with the RTC Employment Services. Homecoming manager, Christine Ricketts, has had a number of employees through that partnership, and is excited to help people learn new job skills.
They believe that their Chamber membership benefits them by keeping them connected to the local community.
We thank Homecoming Family Restaurant for their 16 years of loyal service to Logan County and for their 16 years of Chamber membership.
Homecoming Family Restaurant
1330 N. Main St., Bellefontaine, OH
Previous Business/Entrepreneurs of the Month
March: Homecoming Family Restaurant
February: Lee Surveying & Mapping Co.
January: Edward Jones
December: Fast Track Signs
November: Heiby Oil Company
October: Thompson, Dunlap & Heydinger, LTD
September: Precision Custom Products
August: Alan Galvez Insurance Group
July: Royer Realty LTD
June: Easton Water Solutions
May: High Point Home Health
April: Lowe's Home Improvement
March: Ashley Furniture HomeStore
February: Six Hundred Downtown
January: Maze Hearing and Balance LLC
December: Hill & Hamilton Insurance and Financial Services
November: Zimmerman Realty, Ltd
October: Me & Company Salon
September: Stephen's Fine Jewelry
August: Citizen Federal Savings & Loan Association
July: C and E Eyecare, LLC
June: National Salt Distributors
May: Neer Sand and Gravel
April: Costin Family Practice
March: Trey Daring & Dennis Sanford (Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Homes)
February: Shawn Keller, Phil Kinley (Buckeye State Bank)
January: Jim Hilliker (Wendy's)
December: The Duff Companies
November: Sims Brothers Recycling
October: Engelhaupt Embroidery
September: Donatos - Jim Snyder
August: Comfort Inn - Roy Smith
July: Ed Donnelly Ent. Inc.
June: A New Leaf Florist
May: Cherokee Hills Golf Course
April: Fissel Flooring
March: Marie's Candies
February: Cassano's Pizza & Subs
January: Bellefontaine Examiner
December: Mobile Instrument Service & Repair
November: Steve Austin's Auto Group
October: Whitmore House
September: KFC - Kentucky Fried Chicken
August: V-Teck Communications, Inc.
July: The Strayer Co.
June: Lee's Comfort Shoes
May: Big Orange Shoe Shop
April: Global Organic Alliance, Inc.
March: Education Station
February: Acrux Investigation Agency, LTD/Surmount Solutions Group LTD
January: Thompson Electric
December: Marmom Valley Farm
November: Anderson Ford
October: Fire Safety Services, Inc.
September: Hess Lumber Company
August: Wish-Well Farms Produce
July: Holdren Brothers
June: Spend-A-Day Marina
May: Peterson Electric & Heating Inc.
April: Buckeye Spirit