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New Proctorville restaurant has busy first day

PROCTORVILLE — It was a packed house in the first hour of business for a new restaurant in Proctorville on Friday.

Katimali’s, located at 97 State St., next to Speedway, opened its doors at 4 p.m. and, quickly, the indoor seating and outdoor patio of the business filled up with customers wanting to sample the menu.

“It’s been so hectic so far,” co-owner Kathy Lundy, who was running the restaurant with a full staff to meet demand, said.

Katimali’s sells wood-fired pizzas, with standard and specialty pies available, as well as sandwiches and salads, with homemade dressing.

The centerpiece of the business is its wood-fired oven, where all food is baked.

Lundy, of Proctorville, who owns the restaurant with her husband Jim, said the pizzas have easily been the most popular order so far.

“People want to try our specialty pies,” she said.

While waiting on their orders, customers were given meatballs as appetizers.

“They’re very tasty,” one woman said.

Lundy said, in addition to walk-in customers, they had received many call-ins for pick-up.

The restaurant employs a staff of about 10 people and has seating for 30 inside and 32 on the patio. It previously housed a Mexican restaurant, but was renovated by the Lundys in the months before opening.