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214 Allegheny St.
Mon. to Sat. – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
By MIKE REUTHER
After finding a niche in Williamsport in the past few years with its unique offering of pizza, submarine sandwiches and other food, The Crazy Tomato has rolled into Jersey Shore.
That means there are now two Crazy Tomato restaurants in Lycoming County.
Manager Chad Clabaugh said the Jersey Shore location has been busy since opening in June. It was a matter of seeing an opportunity and seizing it, he said.
“We saw that there isn’t a lot in Jersey Shore with the sub business,” he said. “We had a good deal on the building. (And) We want to keep going.”
The eatery at 214 Allegheny St. offers take-out and delivery service. With seating for about 50 people, it’s bigger than the Williamsport location.
“We really just want everyone to try our food,” Clabaugh said. “We think we have a good product.”
One of the most popular items on the menu, he said, is the Crazy Tomato cheesesteak. The restaurant also serves sandwiches, specialty wraps, hot dogs and chili dogs, french fries, burgers, salads, chicken wings, and desserts.
“The biggest thing is quality,” Clabaugh said. “I won’t send it (food) out if it’s not perfect.”
He said he also stresses good customer service.
“We treat customers the best we can,” he said.
Clabaugh noted it takes a lot of work running a restaurant properly. It also took a lot of work getting the place ready to open. Major renovations were done on the building, the site of a former restaurant, in preparing to get the business up and running.
The Crazy Tomato establishments are owned by Darrin and Duane Meixel. Clabaugh said he’s hopeful that the Jersey Shore restaurant will be around for many years.
But the Crazy Tomato business may not stop there. He said other locations are being considered for future restaurants. Hours for The Crazy Tomato are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday.
The phone number is 567-7528.
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\By MIKE REUTHER
Kevin Langdon likes to create games and introduce them to the world.
That’s why he started up his new business, Buzzer Shot, at 114 S. Front St., Milton.
“I love to build and create products,” he said.
Langdon said his bread and butter is casual mobile games.
“They are casual in the sense that they aren’t hard-core games. They are on smart phones and targeted at the masses,” he explained.
Langdon started his business in January.
But he’s not a novice to business.
The Messiah College graduate and Hughesville native has been involved previously in business startups.
He was co-owner of Brightcove in Boston.
Langdon also launched a company called oobgolf.com, a statistics tracking program for golfers, a company he eventually sold to a Golf GPS manufacturer in Mississippi.
As part of the acquisition, he moved his family there for a year before eventually returning to Pennsylvania.
With Buzzer Shot, he’s hoping to grow from a sole proprietorship.
“I hope to grow a team and eventually have a building,” he said.
“I can build a game in two months and then have 200 million to 300 million people in app stores using them,” he said.
Langdon said he chose to locate his business in Milton because it’s halfway between his wife’s and his hometown of Hughesville.
Entrepreneurship, he said, is in his blood.
Fields is a game he developed that he’s hoping will be well received by customers.
He described it as something similar to Sudoku.
“It’s a simple logic puzzle game,” he said. (But) It can get complex.”
The Buzzer Shot website is at www.buzzershot.com.