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Md. man says he's bringing Wings bar to Chambersburg

April 10, 2007|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Developers seeking approval of liquor license transfers do not usually bring samples to Chambersburg Borough Council meetings, but Chuck Vahle did Monday night - in this case samples of the sauces to be served with chicken wings at a new restaurant.

Vahle, of Williamsport, Md., came to the meeting with a platter of wings and 11 signature sauces offered by Wings Etc., a chain that originated in Indiana. He said the sauces ranged from teriyaki to "The Wall," warning council members that the last is "not for the faint of heart."

Vahle was granted the transfer of a license from the former C.J.'s Tavern in Waynesboro, Pa., for a Wings Etc. at 245 Walker Road. He said it was a "sports-type" restaurant that would have about 15 televisions, family dining for about 160 people, a children's game room and a bar.

The restaurant would be similar to the Red Robin that just opened in the same area and a planned Ruby Tuesday, he said.

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Vahle said he would build the restaurant by the end of the year, if the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board approves. Vahle said he would bring in the management team, as well, but the frachise holder would be John Helman of Chambersburg.

Liquor sales would account for about 6 percent of business, but are necessary to this type of restaurant, he said.

Council members Ruth Harbaugh and Heath Talhelm voted against the transfer. Harbaugh said there were enough businesses already serving liquor in the fast-developing Gabler tract.

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