MOUNT STERLING, Ill. - Dot Foods has hired John Kellogg as Executive Chef for its new Hagel 1891 restaurant.  The restaurant will open this fall at 115 East Main Street.  It will be located adjacent to the recently opened Dorothy's Market, and will connect to the market through an atrium lobby.

Hagel 1891's menu will feature classic American food, freshly prepared by Chef Kellogg, and a wide selection of California and local wines, premium liquors, and draft and bottled beers.

A survey of area residents conducted by the Tracy Family Foundation in June 2013 was done as part of the Mount Sterling Uptown Long-Range Strategic Plan. It revealed one of the community's most-desired attractions was a fine dining restaurant in the Uptown Mount Sterling area.

"This is an exciting opportunity to start something special in Mount Sterling that the community has asked for," said Kellogg, who describes his menu as classic American with a modern and flavorful twist. "I've worked as a chef all across the world, but I embrace the challenge of launching this restaurant in a small, blossoming Midwest community."

Kellogg comes to Hagel 1891 with years of professional culinary experience gathered around the world. Chef Kellogg was raised in both Florida and Virginia, where he started cooking at his mother's side and ran his first kitchen at the age of 16. He received training and certification as an executive chef at Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne in Paris, France.

Prior to leading the kitchen at Hagel 1891, Kellogg ran high-end restaurants in Mississippi, Colorado and Missouri. He has managed operations and developed menus for historic antebellum inns, ranches and national chain restaurants.

Dane Flesner will be the restaurant's front of house manager, responsible for day-to-day operations and staffing.  "Chef Kellogg brings a wealth of experience that will help us tremendously in launching Hagel 1891," Flesner said. "We're lucky to have such a talented, experienced chef crafting the menu."

The restaurant is now hiring for additional kitchen and wait staff. Positions can be found on Dot Foods' website at

Hagel 1891 will seat approximately 55 patrons at tables and 20 along the bar.  It will be open for lunch Tuesday-Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.   Dinner will be served Tuesday-Thursday from 4:30-9:00 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 4:30-10:00 p.m.  The restaurant will be closed on Monday.

A large banquet room upstairs will be available for luncheons, dinners, parties, business meetings and other private events.  The room will be approximately 2,200 square feet and can accommodate up to 100 guests.  Reservations are now being accepted for private events beginning in December.  Contact Dane Flesner for information or to make a reservation (217.773.7038 or  

About Dot Foods

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

About Dorothy's Market

Dorothy's Market is owned by Dot Foods and located at 125 East Main Street in downtown Mt. Sterling.  The store was named by Dot employees in honor of Dorothy Tracy.  Dorothy and her husband, Robert Tracy, founded Dot Foods in 1960. 

Dorothy's Market opened in April 2014.  It replaced the original Dot Foods' Country Store on Buckhorn Road, and nearly doubled the old store's floor space. Dot Foods originally opened the Country Store in 1988 as a way to help curb waste and help the community by offering quality, discounted items in a retail setting. For more information, visit