Change in one’s life can bring forth a variety of emotions from one side of the spectrum to the other.
Often the strongest feelings are either fear or excitement, but sometimes they exist within an individual at the same time.
Huntsville restaurateurs Ryan and Christina Clarke have decided to take a risk with their business and make a big change many would be afraid to do.
Having purchased the iconic Louis II Restaurant on Main Street in Downtown Huntsville around two years ago, the Clarkes closed the business during this winter to complete a renovation and evolution.
Recently, the Clarkes unveiled their new logo and the restaurant’s new name: Main St. Local Kitchen. But, prior to doing so, the Clarkes had campaign posters on their business’ windows exclaiming “Hate Change,” a not-so-subtle nod to the community which long flocked to their restaurant.
The Louis II Facebook page has been addled with teasers and one picture posted reads: “Stirring the Pot 2017, help us create a new tradition . . . don’t worry we’re keeping the Caesar.” Indeed they should keep the Caesar Salad, an offering which many in the community would visit Louis II specifically to eat.
While the Clarkes were intent on fueling their culinary passion and add new options to the restaurant menu, they decided to slowly bring the change along out of respect for the legacy of Louis. Over the past two years, the Clarkes made small changes while getting to know the restaurant’s team and valued patrons.
With strategic and creative support from Kyla Taylor’s Launch & Prosper company, the unveiling and marketing of Main St. Local Kitchen has been moving along in good time. Soon the doors will open and the community will have a menu featuring traditional favourites and many new items to sample.
The Clarkes note that while the name, interior décor and exterior signage is changing, the feel good food philosophy and local community vibe remains the same. Chef Ryan remains committed to in-house freshly prepared foods with as much local product as possible. The Clarkes are proud of their investment in the downtown core and are excited to welcome the community back to their table.
Photos courtesy of Louis II/Main St. Local Kitchen