restaurant will open Thursday in Cranberry
The Derrick, By JUDITH O. ETZEL
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Sean Hengstler, Kevin Dittman, Aaron Davis and Nate Bowen warm up their cooking skills in the new Red River Roadhouse restaurant on Route 322 in Cranberry Township. The four were cooking meals for fellow employees and friends during a trial and training run Tuesday. The restaurant, located in the former Dandy's Frontier Amusement Park arcade, will open Thursday for business.
The Red River Roadhouse,
located in the former Dandy's Frontier Amusement Park's arcade building on Route
322 in Cranberry Township, will open Thursday for business.
"We're doing a dry
run these next few days so we caution that things could get backed up. We should
be in full swing next week," said Bob Bolan, president of the Red River
Roadhouse restaurant chain based in Akron, Ohio. He and Franklin physician
William Fritz are partners in the Cranberry Township franchise.
Spencer Warfield of Knox
has been named general manager for the restaurant. The staff includes 85 full-
and part-time employees. Early projections by the Fritz-Bolan partnership show
the new restaurant is expected to serve an estimated 4,000 patrons a week.
Bolan said the
family-style restaurant features a country-western theme and will offer lunches
and dinners with a menu specializing in wood-fired steaks and honey glazed
chicken. A large assortment of children's meals will also be offered. The
restaurant has seating for 300 patrons and also offers a 100-seat banquet room.
The Cranberry restaurant
is the fourth Red River Roadhouse in Bolan's company. Others are located in
Erie's Millcreek Mall, Springfield, Va., and Hartville, Ohio.
An estimated $70,000 in
renovations have been completed at the new businesss in the Dandy's park area.
Although much of the amusement park equipment was sold at auction in September,
Dandy's still features miniature golf, go-karts, batting cages and bumper boats.
enterprise holds one of two new liquor licenses awarded to Cranberry Township
last year. The other license belongs to Pappan's Restaurant in the Cranberry
Mall. The Red River Roadhouse will have a 15-seat bar separate from the dining