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Great food and view at new restaurant

| Friday, Sept. 21, 2007

The Treehouse Tavern is now open at the Timber Ridge Golf Club, located west of Mt. Pleasant, off Route 31.

Owner and operator is Chris Popoli.

"We wanted to create a nice place to come for a great meal or to relax and watch a ball game," Popoli said.

The dining area is located above the golf club.

Furnished with full windows surrounding the entire room, the shape allows diners and customers a panoramic view of the golf course.

An octagon-shaped bar area is centrally located. Televisions will be mounted around the bar area to allow for optimal viewing for sporting events.

"In addition to our regular dining, we will also be offering a free buffet for customers during half-time for Steelers games," Popoli said. "That's something that you don't see around here."

Popoli, who is from Hanover, purchased the course in the spring. Popoli has honed the 18-hole course into the best shape that it's been in since its inception in 1982 and hopes to do the same with the restaurant.

"This is so unique here," said Popoli. "I think that once people see what it's like, they will really enjoy the atmosphere."

Popoli hired an executive chef for all meal preparation and hand selected the menu that will be used for dining.

"We wanted to offer a good variety and top quality. Everything that we offer is homemade from scratch -- our sauces, our soups, everything."

Two soup choices will be offered weekly and the menu promises a delicious selection for everyone.

Salads and appetizers are available. There is also pasta meals, steaks, seafood entrees, and an array of sandwich choices, including the "Bubba Burger."

"It's a huge burger that has ham and a lot of toppings. It's tough to even get your mouth around it."

There is also a children's menu, Sunday brunch, and senior citizen early bird discounts. Future plans include the addition of a weekly seafood buffet, and Popoli also hopes to soon add live entertainment on a regular basis.

The room, which boasts of an impressive 250-person seating capacity, is also available for private functions, such as wedding receptions and large parties.

At present, the dining room will be open starting at 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Reservations are suggested.

Sunday brunch times are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"I wanted to have a nice restaurant with good food that is sold at better prices then other places have in the area." Popoli said. "And I can honestly say that I feel we have that here. We have great prices and we offer a better product, and we want our customers to have the best that we can give them."

For information or to make reservations call 724-547-1909.

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