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Sanderís Restaurant still offers great food under new management

(2/1) Everything looks the same at Sanderís Restaurant in Fairfield. But with restaurants, itís the taste that matters, and Sanderís food has a new taste that people are noticing and loving!

Chad Fouchie and his sister Faith Buccholz took over the business at the beginning of January, bringing their recipes with them. The restaurant still features good home-cooking, but it is prepared differently.

"Weíve got more home-cooked foods, fresh foods and home-made desserts all prepared with our own recipes," Fouchie said.

Fouchieís recipes have been honed over a working lifetime in the restaurant business. He began work as a dishwasher at a restaurant, working his way up to be the manager of Mamma Venturaís in Gettysburg. He even worked weekends for the previous owner of the restaurant until he decided to buy it for himself.

"This is my passion," Fouchie said. "I like to cook. I like the atmosphere in a restaurant and I like meeting new people who come in."

Sanderís serves breakfast, lunch and dinner for eat-in or takeout. You can find daily specials like pot roast, barbeque chicken, fish and shepherdís pie. Lunch specials include an entrťe and two vegetables for under $5 and dinner specials have larger portions for under $7.

"Lunch is probably the most popular meal, but itís hard to tell since we havenít been doing this for very long yet," Fouchie said. "People really love our burgers and chicken wraps."

The burgers are all hand-patted, made are nice and thick. They also cook their hand-cut french fries in peanut oil to get that flavor that everyone likes but can no longer get at many restaurants.

Fouchie tries to purchase local ingredients, such as Shriverís meats and Weikertís eggs, when possible.

When asked about why he would open a restaurant in a depressed economy, Fouchie said, "No matter what, people go out to eat and we think we offer really good food for a great value."

One of the future plans he has for the restaurant is to add an outdoor deck for dining when the weather is suitable.

Sanderís is open Tuesdays through Saturdays 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Sundays 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The phone number is 717-642-9131.

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