By Charlotte Underwood / Staff Writer
It was announced during the Laurel County Chamber of Commerce meeting and luncheon on Thursday that London is getting a new Cheddar’s restaurant.
During the meeting, the chamber welcomed Mint Julep Restaurant Group representatives Jim Beaucham, Jimmy Burketis and Jen Clarke as new chamber members.
The restaurant will be located off of Exit 41 near the McDonald’s, according to Beaucham. Clarke spoke briefly during the chamber luncheon, explaining the group hoped to have the new restaurant opened by the end of September or early October. The restaurant will seat 400 people.
“We are very excited to be opening up in your area,” Clarke said.
Ivan Nieto with Quality Maintenance Solutions was also welcomed as a new chamber member during the luncheon.
“Voice of the Wildcats” Tom Leach was Thursday’s guest speaker. Leach spoke in length about the University of Kentucky football and basketball teams. Leach spoke about how “the Cats are the greatest common denominator in the state and a great unifying force.”
A native of Paris, Leach said it had always been his dream to be the voice of the Wildcats. He began doing high school basketball games when he was 16. Leach gave his thoughts on the upcoming football season.
“There is more excitement coming into this football season with Mark Stoops coming into coach. The players have a confidence that you can pick up on; there is buy-in of the new coaching staff and hopefully this is a team that can stay healthy,” Leach said. He also said that basketball fans didn’t need to “temper their expectations this year” and that it looked to be another good season.
Michael Sliter with the chamber spoke to those attending the meeting about “chamber basics” and the benefits of “utilizing the chamber.”
“We want to make sure chamber members are utilizing all of the chamber benefits,” Sliter said. He spoke about Chamber Exclusive ads, explaining that it was a free resource to all chamber members who submitted an ad.
“It is a special offer for chamber members only and it is a way to get your business information out there in an email list to over 800 individuals and it’s free,” Sliter said, adding he would cover more chamber benefits at future meetings.
It was also announced during the luncheon that London Mayor Troy Rudder was in Louisville because he had been appointed to the Kentucky League of Cities.
“I think it is great that we will have representation outside of London and Laurel County,” said Chamber Executive Director Deanna Hermann.