Diners feels at home at Chasers in Greenfield
Sitting at a table covered with baskets of wings, bowls of sauces, dishes of homemade potato chips, cold beers and lots of napkins were brothers Dave and Gregg Lamanti and friend Jeff Lyle.
It's a regular Monday night meal for the trio at a favorite hangout -- Chasers in Greenfield.
"These wings are excellent," Dave Lamanti says. "They have a lot of meat and great flavor. I love the candy-pepper wings. You have to watch how many you order, because if you say six, you get 12. The first time I was here, I ended up with 48 wings."
That's because one wing, which costs 50 cents on Monday nights between 7 and 9 p.m., includes two pieces, "the wing and the ding." Choose from 13 sauces with candy pepper as one of the most popular.
Co-owners Rhonda Fonas, John Nee and Robert McKeown are committed to creating a place where diners feel comfortable right at home.
"It is very unpretentious here," Lyle says.
The guys aren't alone in their support of the neighborhood establishment where the fryers don't stop sizzling for a minute during wing nights. Cooks fry 120 pounds of chicken -- brought in fresh that day.
"We want this to be like home," Fonas says. "If there is something you want and you don't see it on the menu or in the beer case or in a bottle of alcohol, just ask. If you come here often enough, we will get it for you."
Fonas works the early shift and often prepares breakfast for customers, even though they don't have a menu per se.
"For those customers who come by in the morning, I will make them breakfast if they want it," Fonas says. "I have all the ingredients, so I am happy to make it."
The place has a homey feel from the walls which are decorated with photos of locals, including Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy, a Greenfield native whose family used to own the establishment, to the customers being welcomed by name as they walk through the door.
The name Chasers comes from the line "a shot and a beer chaser." The logo shows a bottle of beer chasing a shot glass.
Chasers has many of the basic beers available from Iron City to Coors Light, but are open to suggestions on drink options and food choices. Don't ask for any fancy drinks either -- only basic cocktails.
If wings aren't your thing, they have plenty of other selections.
A hamburger is $4.95 or try the balloon burger ($6.65). It's a pound of meat with lettuce, tomato and onions. It takes 45 minutes to prepare. Try a wrap for $5.25. A 9-inch cheese pizza is $4.95. Loaded fries are topped with crumbled bacon, cheese sauce and jalapenos for $4.65. The "Run" burger (Chasers is in a place referred to as "the run," as part of Four Mile Run) is topped with a pierogie, grilled onions and cheddar cheese for $5.75.
Friday night has the "what we feel like making" special from 4 to 6 p.m. and sometimes 7 p.m. Past offerings include liver and onions, stuffed pork chops, meatloaf, stuffed cabbage.
"It's the cook's option," Fonas says. "Whatever the cook feels like cooking then, that will be the special."
Fonas used to come to Chasers after softball games in the 1970s.
"I liked how it was then, and I like that it is similar to that now," she says. "It's a true neighborhood bar. When you come in here, you are always welcome and you can just be yourself, have a drink and get something to eat."
No one younger than 18 is admitted. Smoking is allowed. After 5 p.m. you must be 21 to enter.
Location: 3806 Acorn St., Greenfield
Hours: 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. (and sometimes midnight) Sundays through Thursdays; 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays