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Wanango Golf Club: Where Family is Everything

Like most long standing businesses in Venango County, Wanango Country ClubWanango1 has seen many changes over the past two decades.  Historically a private golf club, the venture into a public-private model has brought opportunity along with challenges.  Recently, under new ownership, the club is sporting a new energy and staff, excited to invite you to see the Club at its best.

Manager Mark London proudly remarks: “The golf course is back to its original quality condition. It is the best it has ever been!”

Wanango continues to offer the option of membership, which provides a number of exclusive benefits, including reserved tee times and member gatherings.  A newly remodeled pool is anticipated to be available for members in the future. Mark comments: “Young families are so busy these days and we want to offer a place where they can bring the kids and enjoy a day of recreation and great food, easily accessible to both the Franklin and Oil City communities.”

Wanango has long been a choice location for special events, including weddings and private parties, which are overseen by Jess and Alexa. Renovations throughout the facility include remodeled restrooms and locker rooms, with plans for dining room and deck improvements.

Among the newest on staff are chefs Eric and Kate Krupitzer. Eric, who began his career 22 years ago at Wanango2Wanango, is happy to be back and overseeing the kitchen.

“We are willing to tailor our meals to special requests, but have developed a menu that seems to be very appealing to customers,” he said. “Along with typical grill room faire such as burgers, we are now offering more variety in our daily menu.”

Tuesdays are ladies days on the golf course and provide an opportunity to customize the lunch with souffles and delicious desserts. While Eric is working from decades of experience, Kate, new to the business, is currently studying the art of cooking and Wanango customers are fortunate to be among the first to try her creations, which often appear as works of art. The two are often accompanied by Eric’s daughter, Alexa (pictured at left).

“The crest of Wanango says ‘familia omnia’ or ‘family is everything’,” Eric said. “This is shown both behind the scenes and to our customers.”

The Venango Chamber will once again hold the annual Golf Scramble at Wanango, on June 26, which has moved to a new month this year.Wanango3

Golf committee chairman Carol Williams suggested the change. “We are hoping we’ll have those who regularly golf with us, but additionally welcome the many visitors who are back in town for class and family reunions during Oil Heritage Festival,” she said.

 The outing is open to all, with registration available online at or by contacting the Chamber at 676-8521.

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s July 2018 edition of the VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Exciting Changes Coming to Oil City Businesses

KarmaBreakfast, lunch, and dinner—all served in downtown Oil City by Shaun and Marie Alcorn at multiple businesses—and this month, some changes are coming to Karma Coffee Company and Northside Eatery, moving the Alcorns and Oil City in a positive direction.

Beginning on Monday, March 19, all lunch operations through Northside Eatery will move to Karma Coffee Company, and Northside Eatery will become retail space. “We know the community perspective will be that a business is leaving,” said the Alcorns. “But it’s actually quite the opposite; we have outgrown our space at Northside Eatery and we are expanding in order to make room for continued growth.”

Northside Eatery customers will be able to enjoy the same great lunch menu they have grown to love, plus some new options, such as fresh cut french fries. With Corey, head chef at Northside Eatery, and Jaime, manager at Karma Coffee Company, now working together, customers can expect unique and delicious lunch specials, including vegan and vegetarian options. Because lunch will be served within Karma Coffee Company, the option to order a custom-made drink or a pastry with lunch will be available, too.

The space at Karma Coffee Company will provide the opportunity for more efficiency and additional seating, and the rustic Northside Eatery tables will be relocated to the front of Karma Coffee Company. The location is just a few buildings down from where Northside Eatery sits and customers can enter through both Elm Street and Seneca Street.

“Nothing is going away,” said the Alcorns. “If anything, our offerings are getting better.”

Karma Coffee Company will continue to offer brunch on the weekend, as well as catering for events and meetings, hosted throughout the area or held in their back room. Recently, they have introduced more locally sourced items to their menus, including, pork, chicken, and eggs from Gruber Farms of Shippenville and lamb from Baytree Farm of Emlenton. This year, the Alcorns will also help host a Farm to Fork event in Titusville.

A popular concert series that began in November 2017 will continue to occur each Thursday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at Karma Coffee Company, with local music, the option to BYOB, and food available. The arts are represented throughout Karma Coffee Company on the walls, too, in which different artwork continues to be rotated in and out monthly.

With the move of lunch from Northside Eatery to Karma Coffee Company, also comes exciting upgrades and new plans going forward. The Alcorns will begin using an updated POS system, creating even more efficiency within the business, and a website will be created for Karma Coffee Company.

image1“Instead of two separate restaurants open on different days and at different times, there will now be one open seven days a week,” said the Alcorns. “We are consolidating the spaces, but in reality we are expanding our business to offer more diversity and offerings.”

We encourage you to check out Karma Coffee Company on Facebook and stop in for lunch once their new schedule begins (see hours below). The Alcorns will also continue to serve dinner at the Yellow Dog Lantern Restaurant, located at 218 Elm Street and open from 5 to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

The Alcorns don’t plan to stop with their current businesses; they have ideas for future projects to help the Venango Area move forward.


Karma Coffee Company Schedule:

Monday – Friday
: 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Lunch served 11 to 2 – beginning 3/19; Coffee & pastries served all hours)

Thursday Evenings: 6 to 9 p.m. (Doors open at 6; Concert from 7 to 9 p.m.; Menu available all hours)

Saturday & Sunday: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Brunch, coffee & pastries served all hours)