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Rolling Mill Tavern employees are getting set for opening day

May 04, 2007|by JENNIFER FITCH

ROUZERVILLE, PA. - Robert Curley laughed when mentioning he was "stuffed" on Thursday, a day when employees were practicing dishes from the menu of his new restaurant.

They served up plates of burgers, wings and pork chops in Rolling Mill Tavern, which is scheduled to open Wednesday.

The establishment, in the Pa. 16 building once called Chestnut Logs, has seating for 100 in the front, nonsmoking section. The area in the back continues to be renovated and will be opened later.

"I go in the kitchen, and it's coming to life," Curley said.

The menu has 10 appetizers and a variety of ribs, steaks, chicken dishes, pasta, sandwiches and seafood. Curley is finalizing the liquor license and said he might not be serving alcohol when the restaurant first opens.

He predicted the atmosphere will be comfortable, country, casual and relaxed. The equestrian decor and business name are reminders of his childhood with the family's horse farm.

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The restaurant will employ 50, and Curley has a few positions that remain open. He has been focusing on ensuring dishes are consistent no matter who is in the kitchen.

While the kitchen will generally be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., the back section will often remain open to 1:30 a.m.

Curley, who owns Red Run Grill nearby, plans to install a bar in the back section and has already created a dance floor. A patio outside will be conducive to bands, he said.

"Everyone's always asking me when we're going to open. ... What will be exciting is filling the place with customers," Curley said.

Rolling Mill Tavern, at 11657 Buchanan Trail East, can be reached at 717-749-5835.

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