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Celebrating 25 years of success

Swiss and Amish cooking makes Beachy's Country Chalet an area favorite

By KELLEY MOHRStaff Writer Published: November 1, 2012 5:00 AM
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SUGARCREEK -- Owners Dave and Linda Beachy invite the community to celebrate 25 years with Beachy's Country Chalet Restaurant in Sugarcreek.

Specializing in authentic Swiss and Amish dining, Beachy's Country Chalet Restaurant will mark a quarter of a century as an area favorite.

The restaurant was born of a rich Amish and Swiss heritage, as owner Dave Beachy was steeped in the flavors of Amish Country at an early age.

Growing up in an Amish family as the 10th of 12 children -- and the sixth of seven boys in a row -- "I was stuck in the kitchen with mom to help," said Beachy. "That kind of got my feet wet, helping with the cooking and baking and things of that nature."

From there, Beachy's love of the kitchen took him into the restaurant business with his brother, who had opened a restaurant in Florida. After a few years of learning the ropes, the Beachys returned to their beautiful home in what they think of as "God's Country," moving back to Sugarcreek to build Beachy's Country Chalet Restaurant in a former corn field.

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Combine that Amish heritage with Beachy's Swiss ancestry in a location in the heart of the Little Switzerland of Ohio, and Beachy's Country Chalet Restaurant quickly became a favorite for locals and tourists alike.

"I can't take the credit myself for the restaurant's 25 years of success," said Beachy. "It's really the team members."

This corps of dedicated employees, many of whom are Amish or Mennonite, is the glue that holds the restaurant together, explained Beachy.

"Working together is so important, having good people that fit together to make a team effort," he said, noting that it helps that he speaks Pennsylvania Dutch and drives employees to and from the restaurant each day. "The cooks in particular will come in with an idea for a restaurant, something they've tried or they use at home, so it's been neat to have team members that are so interested in the business and bring ideas to the table."

Beachy's job is to work with team members, he said, for when the employees are happy, they can continue to make the customers happy.

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This practice has allowed the restaurant to attract a loyal customer base over the years.

"We have a lot of repeat business and the locals really support us well," said Beachy.

With a menu featuring authentic Swiss dishes such as wiener schnitzel and bratwurst served with sauerkraut, as well as favorites like family-style dinners with roast beef, ham, chicken or turkey served with mashed potatoes, dressing and home-baked bread, Beachy's Country Chalet Restaurant offers a veritable feast of fine Amish and Swiss cooking.

"The food is tasty, we serve it hot and it's good quality stuff," said Beachy. "Our pan fried chicken is top notch."

Other popular items are the fish dinner, a special on Fridays, the roast beef, liver and onions and a taco salad unique to Amish Country -- romaine and iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, mild banana peppers, taco chips and cheddar topped with Beachy's chili.

The full menu offers a taste of the area's cooking with salads, homemade soups, platters, sandwiches, Amish and Swiss entrees, Amish family-style meals and plenty of side dishes -- including homemade noodles, real mashed potatoes with gravy, homemade dressing, sauerkraut and much more. One popular side dish is roesti, Swiss-style home fries.

"Our homemade soups really set us apart from our competition," said Beachy. "Our cheese and broccoli soup really helped put us on the map."

For those looking for a little of everything, Beachy's Amish Sampler has it all.

"Sometimes it's nice to try a number of things if you're someone new coming into the area," said Beachy. "It spreads it all around and gives you a taste of a lot of things."

A sampling of Beachy's favorites, the platter includes pan fried chicken, ham, roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing and vegetables of the day, finished off with a sampling of homemade pies. The larger portion also includes turkey.

To top off the meal, diners have their choice of Beachy's 15 varieties of pie in flavors like apple, dutch raspberry, old-fashioned rhubarb, cherry, egg custard, pumpkin, coconut, graham cracker cream, peanut butter and more.

"We roll our pie dough by hand and bake them in-house," said Beachy.

For the 25th anniversary, the restaurant will feature a variety of specials, beginning with that wonderful pie.

"We're going to have free pie for everybody," said Beachy.

From there, specials will include fish, Swiss Steak and more, with a raffle drawing available in which customers can win everything from Cleveland Cavaliers tickets to free meats and cheeses.

Beachy is also emphasizing his relationship with local vendors by featuring specials on the products he gets from area farmers and manufacturers.

Beachy's Country Chalet Restaurant is located at 115 Andreas Dr., Sugarcreek. For more information, call 330-852-4644.

Reporter Kelley Mohr can be reached at 330-674-5676 or kmohr@the-daily-record.com.

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