When Jane Barton walked in the cold February weather to get signatures last year, she met a lot of people who said they'd love to have a place in Dover Township where they could get a sandwich and beer.
Barton, banquet manager at the Grandview Golf Club, collected 1,800 signatures to enable guests to do just that.
And her work came to fruition in the 2011 primary, when voters chose to no longer designate the York County township as a dry community.
Some 15 months later, Barton said, everything is in place at the golf club's revamped restaurant -- except the customers.
The Tap-In Pub & Grille, at 2779 Carlisle Road, has a new look, new menu and liquor service. About six months ago, the venue started a renovation and secured a liquor license.
But the clientele hasn't grown as expected, she said.
"It's hard to get people to change their ways from what they've always done," Barton said.
With average food prices of $5.95 to $7.95, and drink prices hovering around $3, she said the pub is trying to attract a young crowd.
But people seem to think you have to be a golfer to go there, she said.
"And that's not the case. Anyone can come here, regardless if they're golfing or not," Barton said.
Hours: Tap-In is open during Grandview hours, typically 7 a.m. to dusk. But the bar will stay open longer if there's a crowd, she said.
The pub has big-screen TVs and indoor and outdoor seating, and it offers "nice lunches" and happy hour, she said.
Menu items include appetizers, sandwiches, salads, homemade potato chips, pierogies, nachos, tacos, sliders, wings, soup, wraps, burgers, cheesesteaks and specialty sandwiches.
"The food is great, and people can eat and have a drink while enjoying the golf course views," she said.
Once people know Grandview and Tap-In aren't private clubs, Barton said, she thinks there will be an uptick in business.
"We won the referendum by a landslide and have given the place a facelift," she said. "Now we just need to let people know we have a liquor license and are open for business."
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