Popular Laceyville Eatery Has New Owner
There’s been a change of ownership at Laceyville’s popular Main Street restaurant, the Wiser Choice, where Jen Brown has purchased the business from Cindy Porter.
Jen took over ownership on March 28 and says she has no major changes planned other than expanding the restaurant’s weekend hours at some point in the future.
Jen worked at the Wyalusing Hotel for 10 years, and she says the experience she gained at the hotel is proving valuable at the Wiser Choice. Jen and her husband, David, also own RG Brown Welding and Fabrication, formerly Franklin’s Farm Service, and RG Brown Refuse Removal, however, she is the sole owner of the restaurant.
Asked what she’s going to do now that she’s out of the restaurant business, Cindy says with a big smile, “Whatever I want to.”
Actually, Cindy says she plans to spend more time with her family and grandchildren.
Cindy purchased the business from the restaurant founder and her former boss, Connie Wiser, in August of 2005. She began working at the restaurant in the spring of 1998. Connie Wiser opened the Wiser Choice in November 1997 in a building that had been renovated as part of a revitalization project along Laceyville’s Main Street.
“I’m going to miss my customers and employees,” Cindy says. “They’ve been great.” On her final day of work, Cindy’s final customers at the Wiser Choice were Bart, Tammy and Ralph Tewksbury. Her employees held a party for Cindy on March 27, her final day on the job.
Cindy has been an active member of the Laceyville community. The Wiser Choice is where the local business association holds its monthly meetings, and she’s been active in that organization. “She’s been a strong supporter of the fire company and the business association,” said Brian Ace, former President and current board member of the Laceyville Business Association.
And Cindy says she plans to remain an active member of the Laceyville community. “I’m not going anywhere,” she says, adding that she plans to continue to play an active role at Laceyville’s Oldest House and Hunts for Healing, a group that aids wounded veterans by providing hunting and other activities for them.
Meanwhile, Jen says she’s aware that she has big shoes to fill and that Cindy has been very helpful during the transition. Along with the restaurant, Jen says she plans to continue the catering service offered by the restaurant. And she’s bringing two of her three kids into the business to help out. “They’re going to have dishpan hands before long,” she says.
The Wiser Choice Restaurant has gained a wide reputation for its delicious home-style tablefare at reasonable prices served in a friendly, small-town atmosphere. The restaurant opens Monday through Saturday for breakfast at 6:30 a.m. Closing times are 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday and 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Jen says future plans include expanding the weekend hours in mid May.
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