By QUINT QUALLS
Spring Hill’s new Culver’s restaurant opened for business Monday.
The Culver’s staff and management joined with the Spring Hill Chamber of Commerce Monday for a ceremonial ribbon cutting to welcome the new restaurant’s opening.
The completion of the restaurant and its grand opening marks an important milestone for franchise owner Russell Glass, who only just moved to Spring Hill with his family last August from San Diego.
Culver’s – a chain of fast-casual restaurants based out of Wisconsin – is famous for its burgers and frozen custard.
“It’s going great,” Glass said. “We’ve had great community support. The Chamber of Commerce came out and Alderman Kayce Williams was out, and they were just really supportive. We did the ribbon cutting yesterday, and since then it’s been steady and not too crazy. We’re hitting our goal, we’re getting food out on time.”
“The guests have been surprisingly encouraging. We have lot of young staff. This is very much a church-going area, so our staff come from a lot of our churches and youth groups around here. Our kids are really shining and being great. The kids have embraced the idea that it’s not just about food, it’s about experience. We talk a lot about leaving fingerprints on people’s lives.”
After researching possible locations where a Culver’s would fit last year, Glass contacted Alderman Kayce Williams about coming to Spring Hill and a meeting was set up with other city leaders. After months of work since the site plan for the restaurant was approved in January, Culver’s is now open off of Belshire Village Drive, situated between the Sudsy’s Car Wash and Express Oil Change & Service Center.
“We’ve been through a crazy phase of building, but I am incredibly relieved,” Glass said. “I’m still at base camp at Mt. Everest, so we still have a lot of climbing, a lot of learning to do, but we’re here. It’s built and we’ve got our certificate of occupancy.”