Carol and Dave's Roadhouse in Ligonier celebrates a decade of service
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.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Ligonier Valley students return to school Monday
- Ligoner Township hires new manager
- Fuel service temporarily unavailable at Ligonier Sheetz
- Allegory Gallery showcases new shop location