MUNCY - Tom Springman has been selling meat products and other food out of his Country Store in Pennsdale for a number of years.
Along the way, the store known for its choice cut meats and its cozy and rustic general store ambience, began offering catering services.
"We started the cafe menu a few years ago," Springman said. "The challenge we always faced was space."
A few miles away, Hallson's Suds and Subs, a restaurant at 530 Lycoming Mall Drive, was getting ready to close.
It was an opportunity.
Or was it?
"It was kind of a fluke thing," Springman recalled. "I wasn't out looking for a restaurant."
But that's what happened.
The restaurant's owners came to Springman about running it.
"They approached Tommy," explained Dan Frycklund, operations manager.
And so, a restaurant that wasn't really supposed to happen happened.
Springman's Country Store Cafe opened earlier this summer, offering a lunch and dinner menu.
"We have had a great successful few months," Springman said.
Frycklund said the new eatery just minutes from Route 220 and the Lycoming Mall offers a great location.
Plus, the food is excellent and the service top rate, he added.
In an era when many food establishments are looking to outdo each other with TVs blasting sports or news and using other gimmicks to draw customers, Springman's is what it is - a small restaurant with no frills.
"It's clean, well lit, easy to find," Frycklund said.
And it prides itself on its excellent service.
"Tom's approach to customer service is phenomenal," he said. "His focus with customer service is second to none."
And the food?
The menu includes deli sandwiches, chicken, appetizers, soups and pizza.
"We do a lot of barbecuing," Frycklund said. "You can get ribs, of course. We get a lot of good feedback for that."
The restaurant features six kinds of cheesesteaks.
Everything cooked comes in fresh from the Country Store, he noted.
The restaurant seats about 75 people.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
"We have had a lot of people bugging us to open for breakfast," Frycklund said. "It could happen."