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Harrison's Tables on the Green brings New Orleans' sizzle to region

| Saturday, March 30, 2013, 12:21 a.m.
Eric Felack | Valley News Dispatch
Chad Radecker, executive chef at the Tables On the Green restaurant, shows his authentic New Orleans Shrimp and Grits, left, and Barbeque Shrimp, inside the dining room at the former Brackenridge Heights Country Club in Harrison on Thursday, March 28, 2013.

The Alle-Kiski Valley now has its own little piece of New Orleans.

Located at the site of the former Brackenridge Heights Country Club in Harrison, new restaurant Tables on the Green is serving up classic Creole food with a Pittsburgh flair.

“Our chef is a New Orleans native,” said Andrea Rupert, general manager of what is now known as the Brackenridge Heights Golf Course, which includes the restaurant. “We're the only restaurant around that serves authentic Creole food like this.”

The restaurant's head chef is New Orleans native Chad Radecker. Radecker has been in the restaurant business for more than 20 years, cooking at many high-end places like Emeril's New Orleans, and most recently as the executive chef at the Pentagon dining room.

The restaurant opened on Feb. 19, so it's still getting on its feet, Rupert said.

“We were slow at the beginning,” she said. “But it's starting to pick up.”

Rupert said the restaurant encourages reservations despite welcoming casual attire.

Food prices range from $16 for squash ravioli, to $31 for a 12-ounce, dry-aged rib-eye.

The 65-acre country club was bought by Tomson Scrap Metal in November 2011 for $970,000 from First Commonwealth Bank.

The country club, which operated for more than 100 years, was foreclosed on by the bank in September 2011 because it owed more than $900,000 in mortgage payments.

Rupert said the building itself remains as it was, but the interior has received a face-lift with “new carpet, new furniture, (and) there are fresh coats of paint everywhere.”

Rupert said there are plans to fill in the swimming pool with earth and make the former pool area an outdoor venue. “Possibly a pavilion where there can be concerts and things like that,” she said.

Golf returning

Further plans call for the nine-hole golf course to reopen as a public course.

“They're fervently working to get it into playing condition for the summer,” Rupert said. “It went without water for a year, so they have to have all the irrigation and stuff repaired.

“As soon as the weather breaks, they'll be able to finish what they're doing and hopefully be close to opening it.”

Like the restaurant, Rupert said the golf course will be open to the public.

“We're different (than the old country club),” she said. “Anyone who wants to play, or eat, can come.”

R.A. Monti is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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