Thornville restaurant reopens
“It’s a family run business; it’s just a good atmosphere,” said Mike Spaulding, co-owner of Spaulding’s Thornville Restaurant, which is in the former Inn Towne’s downtown Thornville location.
Spaulding and his wife, Amy, reopened the restaurant July 15. He said the new menu is based upon the Inn Town’s (where Amy worked for a short time) with one exception. “I think ours is a little less expensive,” said Spaulding.
Although he’s happy to be doing it, Spaulding wouldn’t have predicted being a restaurateur before the housing market crashed several years ago. He used to be real estate investor who would “flip” houses. It was a very lucrative venture until the housing market began to crash in 2007 and housing devalued. “I accepted it and moved on,” he said.
Amy had restaurant and cooking experience and Spaulding family members, such as Mike Spaulding’s sister, wanted to be involved. “We threw it all together,” said Mike Spaulding.
It’s so far, so good. Spaulding said business is steadily increasing since the July 15 opening date and he’s gaining regular customers. He said people usually begin shuffling in around 8:30 a.m. to enjoy the restaurant’s full breakfast menu, which is served all day in addition to lunch items. Some of the local businesses are placing to go orders.
For the time being, the restaurant’s hours are 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., but Spaulding hopes to expand those hours as soon as possible. “Expanding hours into the evening is important,” said Spaulding, who plans to begin by adding a few evenings per week for a while. He also plans to open a banquet room and possibly begin catering events. He looks forward to Amy eventually adding her famous soups and chili to the menu.
Spaulding encourages everyone to try the restaurant’s daily specials. “The meatloaf goes fast,” he said.