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Restaurant is key in Shawnee Country Club purchase

The new owner of the Shawnee Country Club says his plan to reopen the restaurant there is a key factor in making the nine-hole public golf course a success.

North Tonawanda insurance agent Dennis K. Stange paid more than $300,000 for the Wheatfield course, whose restaurant had closed a few years ago because of financial woes. Stange said Wednesday that he expects it to reopen this spring.

"That area is a growing area of Wheatfield and it's underserved for a restaurant," Stange said.

He also sees a bright future for the golf aspect of the business.

"The (Professional Golfers Association) and others think the future of golf is in nine-hole courses, where you don't have to take six hours to play," Stange said.

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