NORTH TOWANDA TOWNSHIP - Towanda Township resident Ron Hunt and his wife, Deb, have been customers at the Tomahawk Restaurant in North Towanda Township for quite a while.

Now the couple owns the 70-seat eatery.

"We just liked the place," Ron Hunt said, explaining why he and his wife bought it. "We met a lot of good people here. We considered (acquiring the restaurant) to be a good opportunity."

The Hunts began running the restaurant, which has been a fixture in the community for many decades, on June 15.

The Hunts are lifetime residents of Bradford County. In 1999, Ron Hunt retired as a police officer for the Towanda Borough Police Department, where he had worked for 26 years.

Ron Hunt currently works full-time as the service manager at the Sherwood-Groves auto dealership in Wysox Township, and his wife is a full-time manager at the state Department of Transportation maintenance facility in Towanda, where she is in charge of the facility's clerical staff and is responsible for PennDOT's budget for the county.

The Hunts say they'll keep their full-time jobs while also managing the Tomahawk Restaurant.

"We have some good people working for us (at the restaurant) that let us do that," Ron Hunt said.

Both Hunts have some part-time experience in food service. Ron Hunt had been a dishwasher and prep cook in the past, while Deb Hunt had made pizza, subs and other food for Dandy Mini Marts Inc. from 2003 to 2007.

The Hunts say the they've kept most of the menu at the Tomahawk Restaurant the same but have added a few items, such as prime rib on Saturday night and pork chops on Sunday.

There is also continuity in the cooking staff under the new management.

All of the cooking staff currently at the restaurant have worked at the Tomahawk at one time or another in the past, Ron Hunt said.

In addition, he and his wife have also made a few improvements to the restaurant's facilities, including upgrading the air conditioning and installing new exhaust fans for the kitchen's hood system, Ron Hunt explained.

The new hours for the Tomahawk Restaurant, located on Tomahawk Road, are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

The new phone number for the restaurant is (570) 265-9888.

James Loewenstein can be reached at (570) 265-1633; or email: jloewenstein@thedailyreview.com.