Marty Daniel will soon open his restaurant, Major Dade’s Place, near the intersection of Broadnax Street and South Street. | Alison James
Marty Daniel will soon open his restaurant, Major Dade’s Place, near the intersection of Broadnax Street and South Street. | Alison James

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Taste of history

Published 3:19pm Thursday, February 28, 2013

Restaurant to open and feature local flair

Restaurant options will soon expand in Dadeville with the opening of Major Dade’s Place.

Owner Marty Daniel said he knew it was time to take his 40-foot-long portable wagon and catering business and add a permanent restaurant to his repertoire.

“I’ve been doing it on the weekends during ballgame season at the Shell station,” Daniel said. “There’s a need for a good restaurant in Dadeville – something that has middle of the road pricing, something with a little bit of a flair.”

Major Dade’s is slated to open soon in the building on East South Street near the Broadnax intersection, which has been numerous restaurants in the past but has been vacant the past couple of years.

“I’m not trying to reinvent the wheel, I’ve just listened to what people are asking for,” Daniel said. “All the people ask for is to have quality food at reasonable prices, a clean atmosphere and consistency. That’s all they’re asking for.”

Daniel said they will be open for lunch and dinner. Lunch will feature Southern home cooking as well as lighter fare, like sandwiches, soups and salads. Dinner will include nightly specials with dishes like ribs, brisket, shrimp and grits, steaks and burgers.

Daniel said he has already built interest in the food.

“I cooked three slabs of ribs and 20 pieces of chicken, and I stood outside and gave it to people,” Daniel said. “By the time I got back in the door, they were lined up outside wanting to buy it.”

The restaurant will also boast a wide selection of cakes, cookies, pies and other homemade desserts, in addition to a variety of gluten-free and diabetic-friendly options.

“Our goal here is to focus on the community and to fit most anybody’s liking,” Daniel said. “We want anybody that comes up here to feel comfortable.”

The restaurant’s tagline is “where history meets food” – something Daniel plans to keep in mind throughout the decor of the restaurant.

“Major Frances Langhorn Dade was the namesake of Dadeville,” Daniel said. “What we’re going to do here is (highlight Dadeville) from the beginning up until current affairs, … you’re going to be able to read on the walls the notable things that have happened in Dadeville – the Battle of Horseshoe Bend, the people who have gone place and become famous, the medical institute that used to be here – that’s what it’s going to be. That’s our theme.”

Daniel and his team are finishing up the restaurant and waiting for clearance from the health department to open their doors.

“The building has been remodeled from top to bottom,” Daniel said. “This place has undergone a major transformation.”

Daniel said they will also continue to offer catering and fundraising options, and he plans to take his portable unit to the industrial park to serve workers on their lunch break. Major Dade’s will also host and accommodate parties and events.