The Wansford Little Chef is one of the most iconic sights on the A1. Its distinctive building replaced a pub, Ye Olde Mermaide Inn at the Wansford Crossroads, which was demolished in 1937 owing to the construction of the Wansford Bypass. In 1979 it became a Little Chef.
In 2007, Little Chef closed the restaurant and its walls became filled with graffiti. There were been numerous plans to redevelop the site but they were usually stalled by objections.
Attempts to make it a listed building failed because Little Chef changed the design of the windows.
In 2013, Harris McCormack Architects Limited bought and started renovation works on the former building and in 2015 opened its doors, renamed as ArcHaus, with their head office on the first floor and a Ducati motorcycle showroom on the ground floor. Following the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, Ducati closed their showroom meaning the ground floor now lays empty once again.