Carol and Dave's Roadhouse in Ligonier celebrates a decade of service
By Cami Dibattista
Published: Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Carol and Dave Cassler celebrated two important anniversaries last week — their 27th wedding anniversary and the 10-year anniversary of Carol and Dave's Roadhouse.
Located on North Market Street in Ligonier for the last year and a half, the roadhouse boasts a diverse menu in a comfortable atmosphere.
“We're very excited,” said Dave Cassler, “It's a milestone. I'm proud that we've come this far.”
Both worked in restaurants since their teenage years. For them, owning their own business was the next logical step.
“We love it,” said Carol Cassler. “It's nice that we get to work together. It's something we always wanted to do.”
The Casslers said they have worked through the years to build up the business, always learning from mistakes and taking something positive out of every experience.
“It's a blessing,” longtime employee Trish Barbera said of the couple's success. “It's nice to see locals do so well.”
In honor of its anniversary, the roadhouse held a week-long celebration that included specials on meals throughout the week and participation in an area radio station's Burgermania contest to find the best burger in the Laurel Highlands.
“I think the contest coincided nicely with our restaurant's anniversary,” Dave Cassler said.
Cassler prepared a specialty burger for the event — a 10 oz. steak burger on a nest of spring mix greens with smoked Gouda cheese, bacon, fried egg, topped with fried potatoes and onion straws and glazed with a specially made roadhouse sauce.
“The burger was outstanding,” said customer Bitsy Donofrio of Ligonier. “They need to put in on the menu.”
Customers can vote for Carol and Dave's burger at www.rocky99.com.
The Casslers each had recipes published in magazines throughout the years. Carol's meatloaf recipe was picked as a regional favorite and Dave's polenta and artichoke dip were both featured as favorites.
Dave Cassler recalled one of the most memorable events that occurred in restaurant's existence was when a young customer ordered oysters and found a pearl inside.
“It was really neat,” Dave said.
He said a Pittsburgh TV newscaster came out and did a story about it.
The couple said that Carol and Dave's Roadhouse has been so successful in part due to the backing of the community.
“The community has always been positive and supportive,” Dave Cassler said. “We really appreciate that.”
The Casslers hope to continue the successful run for many years to come.
“We have great customers and great employees,” said Dave Cassler. “They've brought us to this point in our lives.”
Cami DiBattista is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.
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