Meadville Tribune

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September 5, 2007

New restaurant set to open in Vernon Township

By Jamie Musick


VERNON TOWNSHIP — A new restaurant is expected to open next spring or early summer near the Movies at Meadville complex.

The Rib & Chop House will be located on Route 19 behind Vernon Pizzeria. The front of the restaurant will face the movie theater.

The Rib & Chop House currently has restaurant locations in Wyoming and Montana. The project will be a family-style, full-service restaurant that will include a dining area with reservations and a bar. A public hearing will take place next month concerning the transfer of a currently inactive liquor license from Meadville to the proposed restaurant.

The restaurant will be in an approximately 6,300-square-foot building with a seating capacity of approximately 178 people.

The restaurant and bar, which will be entirely non-smoking, will be locally owned and operated. The restaurant’s principals, including Charles and Tanya Bish and Thomas and Deborah Ristvey, reside in Crawford County. The bar will not remain open beyond the customary service of dining customers.

Menu items include various sandwiches, babyback ribs, soups, salads, certified Angus beef steaks and premium seafood. A take-out menu will also be available.

Upon opening, the restaurant is expected to provide employment for approximately 40 people. Local managers will receive training at the other restaurant locations prior to the local site’s opening.

Jamie Musick can be reached at 724-6370 or by e-mail at

What to watch for next

A public hearing on transferring a currently inactive liquor license from Meadville to the proposed Rib & Chop House is expected to be held before the Vernon Township supervisors work session on Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Vernon Township building, 16678 McMath Ave., Meadville.

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