MT. STERLING, Ill. - As part of its commitment to the revitalization of Uptown Mt. Sterling, Dot Foods plans to open a destination restaurant in the historic Hagel Brothers building at 115 East Main Street in Mt. Sterling.  The restaurant is tentatively scheduled to open in fall 2014.

Constructed in 1885, the Hagel building primarily operated as a hardware and furniture store since 1891 when brothers Joseph and William Hagel started their business there. Original Italianate architectural features of the building, including its decorative iron cornice, fabricated by Mesker Brothers Iron Works, will be preserved in the restaurant's design and interior space.

"We want the new restaurant to give visitors a dining experience completely distinctive to Mt. Sterling," said Dot Foods CEO John Tracy. "The historic setting of the Hagel building will provide diners with a feeling of the old Uptown Mt. Sterling."

A community survey as part of the Mt. Sterling Uptown Long-Range Strategic Plan revealed one of the community's most sought after attractions was a fine dining restaurant in the Uptown Mt. Sterling area.

The new restaurant will be located adjacent to the new Dot Country Store and will be open for lunch and dinner. It will feature a blend of casual and fine dining options offered in a unique, rustic setting. Premium menu items, such as steaks, gourmet burgers, pastas and seafood, will join an extensive wine and beer offering.

"This is another exciting step toward making Uptown Mt. Sterling a place people from around the region will want to visit," Tracy said. "We're hopeful the restaurant is one of many businesses that will not only serve the people of Brown County, but those from many neighboring communities through the revitalization project."

When the restaurant opens in fall 2014, it will create jobs for kitchen staff, wait staff and a new executive chef in the community. Restaurant positions will be posted on the Dot Foods website as the grand opening approaches.

"Community members with culinary and foodservice experience will be instrumental in our ability to provide the experience we're looking for," Tracy said.

The restaurant will connect via an elevator lobby to the new Dot Country Store. The 9,400 square-foot store is also part of Mt. Sterling's uptown revitalization effort and is currently under construction on East Main Street.  Mt. Sterling's long-range plan for the area blends new development and renovation of existing structures.  The store is the first new building to be constructed on Main Street in at least 40 years.

About Dot Foods and Dot Transportation

Dot Foods and Dot Transportation continue to experience exceptional growth and are hiring in record numbers. Both companies are looking to fill positions for full and part-time drivers and warehouse personnel in all eight locations. To learn more about careers at Dot Foods, visit www.dotfoods.com/careersand follow @DotFoodsCareerson Twitter.  To learn more about careers at Dot Transportation, visit www.DriveForDot.com .

Dot Foods Inc. carries 105,000 products from 650 food industry manufacturers and is the largest food redistributor in the United States. Dot Foods distributes foodservice, convenience, retail and vending food products to distributors in all 50 states. Dot Foods operates eight distribution centers in:  Modesto, California; Vidalia, Georgia; Burley, Idaho; Mt. Sterling, Illinois; Cambridge City, Indiana; Williamsport, Maryland; Liverpool, New York; and Ardmore, Oklahoma. A ninth distribution center in Dyersburg, Tennessee is under construction and scheduled to open in September 2014.  For information, visit www.dotfoods.com.