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Scottdale Firemen's Club revamps restaurant

| Saturday, June 18, 2011

The Scottdale Firemen's Club aims to attract new members as well as some happy drive-thru customers with the revamping of its Back Draft Cafe restaurant.

The name has been changed to Knockin' It Down at the Back Draft Cafe. The menu has greatly expanded.

"We have new menu items like fresh-cut fries, and we'll have specials," said Bob Close, president of the fire department and new manager of the restaurant's upgraded kitchen.

One running special will be Wednesday wing night that will feature two dozen wings, fresh-cut fries and a pitcher of beer or pop for $15 eat-in only.

And the combo card started this month: Anyone who buys eight combos gets the ninth free.

The menu consists of a vast array of items from jumbo party wings that can be flavored in seven "house" sauces to loaded hoagies with fresh-cut fries.

Fried foods include breaded cauliflower, breaded mushrooms, onion rings, chicken fingers, hot cheese balls, zucchini planks, mozzarella sticks and the newly added pepperoni cheese bits.

Fresh-cut chips seasoned with dry ranch or seasoning salt, or even topped with cheese and bacon, are another option along with the deep-fried pickles and deep-fried hot dogs.

Char-grilled hamburgers, cheeseburgers, a buffalo chicken sandwich and hot dogs are also on the menu along with a variety of hoagies.

Rounding out the menu are pizzas, including the newly added pizza boat on french bread, and chicken or steak salads on a crisp bed of greens, topped with cheese and fresh-cut fries.

Tina McIntyre, assistant manager of the restaurant, said they hope to build the Scottdale Firemen's Club membership and help out the firefighters as best they can.

In order to eat at the restaurant, individuals must be members. Membership is only $15 for the first year and $12 for every year thereafter.

It's not just the great food and the great atmosphere members get to enjoy, though.

"The firemen's club is one of the nicest around," McIntyre said. "They constantly offer entertainment like DJs, bands, open jukebox, comedians, karaoke, bingo, bashes and outside activities like volleyball and car cruises, and the kitchen is open Wednesday through Sunday so that we can feed everyone who is enjoying the events."

Hours of operation are from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday and 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Even if you don't become a member, you can still enjoy the great food through the drive-up window that's open to the public, McIntyre noted.

"In short, our goal is to provide excellent customer service with a smile, supply exceptional food that keeps our family, friends and neighbors coming back, and continue to grow so that we may expand our hours, have nightly specials, open our dining area to the public, and make it known that we are here to stay and we are here to help our volunteer fire company," she said.

McIntyre said nothing is too much to ask to help the individuals who volunteer their time and lives for others.

"The cafe isn't just a kitchen at a club but an establishment that will help to continue to aid in the well-being of not only the ones that save our lives but the ones that have been saved," she said.

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