Fred Sudduth traded in his tool belt for an apron in October when he and his wife Peggy opened Clover Family Restaurant at 889 N. Main St.
"It's my first restaurant, but my wife has been in (the restaurant business) for over 20 years," Sudduth said. "She's the cook, I'm the errand boy and cash register man."
The restaurant is open every day except Monday, and serves breakfast all day, Sudduth said. The menu includes all the classic breakfast foods from sausage to grits to bacon to omelets to hot cakes and French toast, even steak and pork chops. The dinner menu ranges from all-American hamburgers to toasted subs to Italian favorites to steaks and sea food.
"We try to give a little bit of everything," Sudduth said about the menu.
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So far business has been good, he said, but with the economy in the state it is in, the Sudduths are trying to stay ahead of the curve, and are planning some specialty nights to help drum up business.
The couple live in Indian Trail, N.C. with their children.
"I had done the construction thing for so many years, and my wife had done the stay-at-home mom thing," Sudduth said. "She wanted to try doing a restaurant again, so this is it.
"She's a real good cook, I didn't know that when I married her. She had gotten out of it for a while, but wanted to get back into it."
Now a full-time restaurateur, Sudduth said he doesn't have time for much else, but he is working on a Web site for the business.
Clover Family Restaurant is open 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday.