Suppose you haven’t been to the White Pine Inn before. You’re using Internet driving directions, or maybe some jotted down from a friend. You’re past the airport, through Conemaugh, heading toward the Parkhill section, and just sure you’ve gone too far. Then, a mile or so from the populated area you see the country-style inn and the well-lit sign. You park in a sizeable, maintained lot. The tight foyer opens into a modest bar with a few booths and a pool table . . . filled with regulars.
You may be tempted to turn on heel and leave. But a little faith, please! Straight through that door is an ample, rustic dining room and dance floor you won’t forget. The knotty pine paneling, gently-turning ceiling fans, and surprisingly inoffensive animal mounts and antlered chandelier impart an immediate coziness. All enhanced by the comfortable temperature (unusual with so many establishments cutting back on expenses). Smoking permitted only in the separate bar/pool room is a nice feature. And there are some outdoor tables for temperate weather.
The spotlessly clean private booths lining the walls and long communal center tables may take you back to “Bob’s Country Bunker.” But no chicken wire needed for this friendly crowd. And no cover charge. A high-tech DJ brings more than “both kinds of music – country and western.” You’ll find a full dance floor of 20-somethings for current hip-hop, interspersed with all nature of karaoke favorites. From Mountain Man crooning country love songs, to pretty Katie’s rendition of any Carrie Underwood hit you can name, to a very fun Meatloaf (“Paradise”) duo. Dress code is casual or high-heeled, as you like. No shoes required for line dancing.
Your tab is “cash only,” but not likely a problem. Drink and menu prices are extremely reasonable. The bar is stocked with standard beer and cooler selections, very cold, and mixed drink requests are not a problem.
The menu features American favorites; appetizers, salads, sandwiches, wings, and home-style dinners. Plus some really remarkable homemade soups (don’t miss the spicy and delicious chicken potato a la Seth!). The food is fresh, perfectly prepared, and presented quickly. Serving staff gets a little thin once the assemblage begins to thicken, but in this family environment a shout to the barkeep or a touch on the waiter’s arm will acquire whatever you need.
Owner Frank Kusher has been providing a homey hangout for drink, fun, and really good food for something like six years at the White Pine Inn in Parkhill. What more could you ask for – ‘cept maybe a live band on a Saturday night.
Hit them up for information on specials and entertainment at 814-536-3953. You’ll soon be “liking” the White Pine on Facebook!