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New name, same fare at Honeybaked Ham Co.

Nov. 19, 2009 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Founded more than 40 years ago in Michigan by Harry J. Hoenselaar, the Honeybaked Ham Company is a chain of stores that specializes in selling whole boned hams as well as turkeys and pork roasts.

In 2002, the chain bought out rival Heavenly Ham which was known for its catering business as well as its cafe-style sandwiches. The two chains together amassed 500 stores, with the Heavenly Ham locations officially changing their name earlier this year.

For those confused by the name, the former Heavenly Ham locations are keeping their menus the same.

"Honeybaked bought out the chain in 2002, but they didn't have boxed lunches and salads like we did," said Debbie Porter, manager of the Huntington store. "So they decided to let us keep that. The only thing that's changed is the brand of the ham and turkey, but it's the same style."

The former Heavenly Ham franchises have the word "Cafe" in the title to represent the name change, though in the case of the Huntington location this is sort of a misnomer.

"We have had a few people ask where the cafe is," Porter said. "In the future we're looking into the possibility of remodeling the storefront so we have some places for people to sit down. For now, most of our business is takeout and delivery."

The store's signature item remains the bone-in spiral sliced glazed ham. These range in price from $23 for a 3.5-pound mini ham to $65 for a 10-pound ham. Customers looking to order a turkey for Thanksgiving can also purchase a whole Thanksgiving turkey in the range of $44 to $52 in smoked, roasted and Cajun varieties.

There is also an assortment of catering packages ranging in price from $1.59 per person to $6.19 per person. There is a 12-person minimum on all catering orders. Customers can purchase fresh side dishes such as cole slaw or potato salad for $2.49 a pound or purchase heat-and-serve frozen dishes like broccoli rice casserole for $7.99. For dessert, customers can buy pies baked in house or special-ordered cheesecakes for $10.99.

The cafe fare consists mostly of cold sandwiches such as the famous ham salad. One of the signature sandwiches is the turkey ranch wrangler featuring turkey breast and bacon on French bread with cheddar cheese, cucumber, red onion, lettuce and ranch dressing.

Another popular item is the Honeybaked Ham Classic, a ham sandwich served on a croissant with havarti cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise and honey mustard. Sandwiches range in price from $4.99 to $5.39. Customers can purchase a box lunch for $7.79 to $8.29. These feature a sandwich, side dish, cookie and drink.

"This is our busiest time of year," Porter said. "Orders for Thanksgiving dinners started rolling in on the first day of the month. We will continue to take catering orders. People should try to get their orders in 24 hours ahead. Next week, we will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, but we will be expanding our hours to 8 p.m. Even if you can't get in a catering order, you are welcome to make a walk-in."

Honeybaked Ham is open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Saturdays and is closed on Sunday. A $3 fee is made to all nearby business delivery orders, and a $10 fee is attached to home deliveries. Cash and all major credit and debit cards are accepted. Checks are only accepted with proper ID.

To place a takeout order, delivery or inquire about catering options, call 304-733-4266 or fax 304-733-4269. The company Web site is www.honeybakedham.com.

Honeybaked Ham Co. & Cafe

Type of food: Whole ham/turkeys, sandwiches, catering

Address: 4341 Rt. 60 E., Eastern Heights Shopping Center, Huntington

Phone Number: 304-733-4266

Payments accepted: Cash, check and all major credit/debit cards.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Closed Sunday. Expanding to 8 p.m. during Thanksgiving week. Closed Thanksgiving Day.

Web site: www.honeybaked.com/



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