Local Residents to Open New Family Restaurant in Lucinda Area

| March 10, 2019

LUCINDA, Pa. (EYT) – A new family restaurant is coming to the Lucinda area this spring.

The former BK’s Bar, located along State Route 66 in Snydersburg, is in new hands.

Local residents Ashley and Devin Callihan, along with their son Collin, have been making some updates to the building, and the business will be reopening as a family-friendly restaurant named Country Eats and Icy Treats.

Ashley told exploreClarion.com, “I’ve always wanted to start something like this ever since I was in high school.”

“When I was a senior in high school and did a senior project, one of the things I did was to develop a menu and cook and serve some of the food from the menu for my classmates. This is just something I’ve always felt inspired to do.”

“It’s always been something I was very passionate about.”

Ashley, a 2000 Redbank Valley graduate, formerly worked for the Armstrong-Indiana-Clarion Drug and Alcohol Commission before resigning to open the restaurant, while Devin, a 1995 East Forest graduate, works as an engineer and plans to keep his current job while also helping with the restaurant.

Their chance to take on a business of their own came after BK’s Bar closed and sat on the market for a while. BK’s was owned by Devin’s aunt and uncle.

“My son, Collin, is graduating this year, and I felt like I’d have time to dedicate to a business now, so we talked to them about it,” Ashley said.

With a location available, it was then time for the work to begin.

Structurally, the building didn’t need many changes, and Ashley and Devin decided to attempt to restore as many of the booths as possible, which date back to the 1940’s.

The main changes to the building were removing the two bars, redoing the flooring, the bathrooms, and expanding the kitchen to allow for the full menu.

“It’s not gutted, but from the bar area back, we made a lot of changes,” explained Ashley.

They began the work on the building in December, and, with much help from their extended family, hope to have it finished by mid-April.

“My family has been such a huge support system,” Ashley noted. “My mom retired from nursing to come up and help manage the business. If it weren’t for family, I’m not sure what I’d do.”

The menu, the focal point of any restaurant venture, is where Ashley’s passion really comes to light.

“We’re really focusing on comfort food with a fast, yet homemade feel. I want to focus on making things from scratch, with high-quality products.”

“We are hand-patting all of our burgers from fresh ground meat and making homemade buns for all of our burgers. We’re also going to have cheesesteaks and chicken Phillies, but we’re only using the finest products. We’re not buying Steak-Umms. We want to have good portions of good quality products at a fair price, and make sure people get what they pay for.”

In addition, the menu will include other classics like fried fish, chicken planks, and jalapeño poppers. Ice cream will also be an attraction with chocolate, vanilla, and twist soft serve available all the time, as well as a special flavor of the week that will change regularly.

Ashley noted that she has no intention of dropping her focus on quality with the dessert options, either.

“I’ll be flavoring the flavor of the week myself, not just using extracts, and we’ll be offering high-quality toppings.”

Each fall, the Callihans plan to offer homemade oversized apple dumplings from Ashley’s great-grandmother’s recipe.

A special burger with a special purpose will be on the menu: “The Real 66 Burger.” It will be a regular menu item, and 25 cents of each sale will be donated to the Rails to Trails program.

“The trail runs directly behind our building, and we plan to have a bike rack available for folks coming in off the trail, too.”

The Callihans plan to have Country Eats and Icy Treats in operation by mid- to late-April.

It will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., seven days a week.

Ashley’s “little helpers,” her niece and nephew, in one of the vintage booths.


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