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Huntington's Closing In Marion

MARION, IA (CBS2/FOX28) -For regulars at Huntington's in Marion, the announcement that owner John Huntington is selling is coming as a shock. After 13 years as the owner of Huntington's, and a lifetime in the restaurant business, John is moving on to a new phase in his life.  Regulars explained that theyd miss the restaurants signature hot beef sandwiches and pork tenderloins. Yet, more than all the good food, they said theyd miss John.
 I give John the credit. Hes done a good job. We always enjoy coming over here, Bob Walker, a Huntington's regular said.
Its a place where John takes the time to say, hello, and knows folks by name.  
This has been my heart and soul for 13 years, John said.  
That matters to Walker and his wife Darlene. They drive to Huntington's every week from Fairfax to meet their friend and Marion resident, Donn Carnal. 
 Its just a good place, good atmosphere, Walker said.
They all expressed sadness that John is selling. 
Yeah, I thought he was here forever, Carnal added.  
For John, getting to this point, hasnt been easy.
Its been a very tough decision that Ive struggled with for quite awhile, he said. 
His decision has a lot to do with the economy and his family.
Its tough when youre going into work at nighttime and your daughter says, dad, you got to work tonight? and you say,yeah, and that face she gives ya, John explained.
Johns goal is to sell the restaurant along with the menu. Hes also asking the buyer to keep his employees on board.
I love working for John, and I know that no matter what, were going to work things out, its going to be okay! waitress Nicole Meeker said.
Carnal agrees as long as the new owner is a little like John.
Hopefully, the guy that takes it over, will learn something from John, Carnal said.
Huntington's will close on December 22nd if John doesnt sell the restaurant to a new owner before then.

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