Co-owner Vickie Antonopoulos said she wouldn't call the Village Green Family Restaurant special.

"I wouldn't say it's different," the 52-year-old said. "I can't say that it's better or worse. Every place has its good and its bad."

The eatery sits in a shopping center of the same name on East Market Street in Springettsbury Township, among My Sweet Sins and Tokyo Diner, tucked beneath a teal awning.

Inside, mauve, cream and bluish-gray color the walls, which are decorated with pictures of vases. Bright lights dot the acoustic ceiling tiles, providing uneven lighting on the tables and booths below. During my recent visit, '80s hair band and Elton John songs filled the room.

Antonopoulos said the restaurant looks a lot like it did when she and her brother-in-law, Paul Kanellakis, opened it in 1988. The menu hasn't really changed, either, and she's OK with that.

I've been to several restaurants in York County that remind me of the Village Green. Such family-style eateries seem to cater to an older clientele and often people who've dined there for years.

The menus look similar, full of Pennsylvania Dutch mainstays, such as potpie and broasted chicken. Swiss steak, fried chicken, crab cakes, stuffed peppers and homemade soups are among the Village Green's best-

sellers.

I ordered a cup of chicken and rice soup, a turkey sandwich on whole-wheat toast, and hot tea. Hats off to the soup, which had a thick chicken broth and a lot of rice, chicken and vegetables. The sandwich was made with real turkey breast, not deli meat.

My waitress took my order and served my food faster than I expected, which was a nice touch.

Antonopoulos, who's restaurant experience started when she was 9 years old, runs the kitchen. As a kid, she washed dishes at her uncle's restaurant in Chambersburg.

She arrives at the restaurant to open at 4:40 every morning, and prepares chipped beef, grits and oatmeal for the steam table. Her days are long. She calls it quits about 2 or 3 p.m., but then often runs errands for the business afterward.

Kanellakis closes and his wife, Mary, works there, too.

"I don't get out much," Antonopoulos said.

She said she enjoys running her restaurant and that because it's all she knows, she can't imagine doing anything else.

Antonopoulos said one thing that might set the Village Green apart from other restaurants is that she prepares meals as she would for her family.

"We're here to please everybody," she said. But she admits, that doesn't always happen. "You can't please your own family sometimes."


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Village Green Family Restaurant server Mary Bowser, left, serves up breakfast for Dennis and Shyrl Tompkins of Lower Chanceford Township.
Village Green Family Restaurant server Mary Bowser, left, serves up breakfast for Dennis and Shyrl Tompkins of Lower Chanceford Township. (FLIPSIDE - CHRIS DUNN)
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Village Green Family Restaurant

LOCATION: 2300 E. Market St. in Springettsbury Township

CUISINE: American, Pennsylvania Dutch

LEIGH'S PICK: Cup of chicken and rice soup, a turkey sandwich and hot tea ($9.01)

PARKING: Yes

HOURS: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday; 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday

PRICE RANGE: $1.25 to $17.95

ALCOHOL: No

SMOKING: No

ACCEPTS: Cash and credit

TAKEOUT: Yes

KID'S MENU: Yes

DETAILS: Call 717-755-9839