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M&M Clubhouse opens in the Connellsville Polish Club

| Sunday, July 21, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Mike Brazzon hand tosses a pizza at M&M Clubhouse in the Polish Club in Connellsville. The new restaurant has an extensive menu that includes quite a few specialty pizzas.
Mike Brazzon hand tosses a pizza at M&M Clubhouse in the Polish Club in Connellsville. The new restaurant has an extensive menu that includes quite a few specialty pizzas.

M&M Clubhouse opened recently at 141 W. South St., inside the Connellsville Polish Club.

Offering a menu with a wide selection of food choices from stuffed banana pepper pizza to strawberry crepes, the restaurant has been building business with an extensive menu of popular food choices.

“We're hearing from people who really like what they've tried here, and we're seeing them come back again and again. We appreciate the comments. People look forward to trying different menu items, and we've got a lot for them to choose from,” said Mike Brazzon, who, with Martin Harger, has opened M&M Clubhouse.

The two have been in the restaurant business for years. Harger owns Martin's Catering of Perryopolis.

“The Polish Club has been completely renovated. It's all brand new. When we catered an event here, we were asked about taking this on. We saw it as a great opportunity, and the folks in Connellsville have really been supporting us,” Brazzon added.

The menu features more than 100 items, including starters, such as chili, fire-roasted red pepper brushetta, pizzarita, deep-fried zucchini or provolone, sausage-stuffed banana peppers, pepperoni rolls, garlic toast with cheese, jalapeno jammers, cheesey bread sticks, french bread pizza, fresh cut fries, cheese fries, buffalo or chicken bacon fries, bacon cheese or chili cheese fries, chicken tenders and chicken or steak wraps.

Wing sauces include mild, hot, pain, BBQ, spicy BBQ, hot ranch, butter garlic, Parmesan spicy garlic and hot ranch. Prices are good, too; the only starter more than $5.99 is the sausage-stuffed banana peppers. Wings are five for $3.99 or 10 for $7.50.

The specialty pizzas are prepared in three sizes and include Italian flag, supreme, deluxe meat, stuffed banana pepper, buffalo chicken or shrimp, C.B.R (chicken, bacon, ranch, cheddar), pulled pork, southwest steak, Hawaiian, chicken or meatball alfredo, pierogie, spicy sausage, philly style, BBQ chicken or ham, popeye, bacon cheeseburger, shrimp scampi, veggie and spicy cajun shrimp.

The menu also includes Clubhouse pizza in four sizes, pasta served with garlic toast and a side salad and stromboli. Pasta choices include chicken or shrimp alfredo with spinach and asiago cheese, shrimp in lobster sauce, rustic sausage, roasted garlic and more. There are more than 16 stromboli selections.

M&M Clubhouse makes everything fresh. The alfredo sauce there has become a popular choice.

“We make our red sauce here using Italian plum tomatoes cut by an immersion blender that we like to call a boat motor because it's that big. The sharp blades puree, then we strain, then I season the sauce. The whole concept here is fresh, fresh, fresh. We use fresh vegetables, make the dough fresh, make the sauce fresh. The commercial size mixer and giant cheese grater also help the homemade process. Cheese is bought in whole blocks and shredded here. There's a big difference between cheese that's cut fresh or out of a bag,” said Brazzon.

M&M Clubhouse has been selling out of the authentic Philly cheese steak hoagies. There is also an Italian beef hoagie with beef that is sliced paper thin, then roasted for three hours. It comes from a 25-pound top round of beef. There is a specials board each day. The owners are also concentrating on some other specialty pizzas that other places might not offer, such as meatball alfredo with meatballs and red onions and a choice of alfredo or red sauce.

The meatballs are all made in house. The pulled pork pizza is pork butt from the butcher, cooked there for seven to eight hours, shredded, then put on pizza, and pulled pork fries have also been requested.

Customers are also enjoying salads, grilled or crispy chicken, buffalo chicken, grilled steak and chef, each for $7.99. The chef salad is a huge seller, the owners say. The grilled chicken is char-grilled and seared, sliced down and roasted; again, we emphasize, super fresh, then topped with fries. A side salad is also available for $2.50.

At M&M Clubhouse, standard desserts include strawberry crepes and a brownie sundae with chocolate and carmel drizzle. Chocolate, vanilla and strawberry milkshakes are also offered.

During kitchen hours, everyone is welcome to come in to the Polish Club to eat. That's what the dining room is set aside for. The two entrances are clearly marked for those who are coming in to sit and eat or those who are picking up take-out. M&M Clubhouse also delivers orders of $10 or more, and it has been seeing its home and office delivery grow. Those who come in to eat on their lunch hour can be accommodated easily. They can also order ahead.

“We're seeing a lot of repeat customers. Businesses from every direction in town have been ordering regularly. We're getting delivery times accurate and well established now. There have been no issues with that. The customers have all been super,” Brazzon said.

“I love working here. The management is awesome. I do everything, including cook, serve, deliver and clean,” said Lauren Hartz, who is one of several employees at M&M Clubhouse.

“We are growing here, and we want to keep this good work environment we have. Everyone learns to do everything,” Brazzon said. Using the fresh dough, Brazzon often creates something new to try, as he recently did on the spot, making delicious little fried dough balls served with a cinnamon sauce, right out of the fryer and served warm. Anyone can request them.

“We are happy to be a part of the community. The Farmers Market is distributing a Downtown Connellsville coupon flyer, and we are participating with a Hunger Buster coupon that offers savings, so be sure to pick up the coupons at the Farmers Market on Saturdays at PNC parking lot,” Brazzon said.

M&M Clubhouse is open seven days a week. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturdays, noon to 10 p.m. and Sundays, noon to 9 p.m.

Phone 724-603-2637. There is plenty of free parking. Contact for catering is email or facebook, MandMClubhouse.

Nancy Henry is a contributing writer.

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