The district's newest eating establishment opened for business last Friday and from reports enjoyed good business throughout the week, though no official notice was made until this issue of the DIARY that they were ready to serve customers.
Named "Spence's" after the joint owners, Jack C. Spence, Jr., and Mrs. J. C. Spence, Sr., the new restaurant and soda fountain is located on Lebanon Road just across from the Hermitage Courts. The building is constructed of concrete blocks and has been stuccoed and painted white, with large plate glass windows and inset flower boxes at the front. The first floor contains a dining room and a soda fountain. The dining room has large windows with rose drapes, two large window seats upholstered in green leather. The interior is finished in knotty pine.
The second floor, or basement, of the building contains the kitchen, and will also have a private dining room when completed. Clayton Somerall, a chef from Chicago, is at present in charge of the kitchen.
The building was constructed by J. C. Spence, Sr., at an estimated cost of about $20,000. Mr. Spence also owns and operates the Hermitage Courts.
The new restaurant specializes in country ham, steaks and also Southern pecan pie and apple pie from fruit raised on the Spence farm.