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By Lacey Gardner

Poll results: Big interest in the future of food at Allegany County’s biggest intersection


725 votes cast for fantasy food combos at the “Crossroads” I-86 / Rt. 19

By Andrew Harris

It was a deeply flawed poll, I admit. But fun and lots of our readers sent in messages like:

“There is no way that Texas Roadhouse is coming to this county”

“Cracker Barrel? Aren’t we rural enough already?”

“This is the dumbest poll possible: I hate Olive Garden but would love an Arby’s!”

Despite the poll flaws, despite the worry over attracting busloads of Cracker Barrel country bumpkins, and despite plenty of trash talking Chick-Fil-A, that combo took the prize. One third of the votes think Cracker Barrel & Chick-Fil-A would be a good mix for I-86. In my opinion, of all the choices presented, Cracker Barrel offers the biggest benefit to the county. Those gift shops sell a ton of taxable merchandise!

The only real surprise in this poll was the little interest in Applebee’s, Wendy’s, Buffalo Wild, or Taco Bell. Over the years of dreaming for a popular national chain restaurant, either at I-86 or in Wellsville, it seemed Applebee’s and Taco Bell were always top of the list.

This subject will be revisited soon with a different format, taking a closer look at ‘sit-down’ and ‘fast-food’ separately. If you have ideas you’d like to see on future, similar poll questions, send a note anytime. If you have a good idea for upcoming poll question, don’t be shy!!

Hart’s Jewelry is our weekly poll sponsor and they should be top of your mind! Only 9 days remain until you are likely expected to produce a nice Valentine for your mate, or potential romance. Go to and poke around. Even better, just head to the store on Main Street Wellsville and the professional staff will help you find the perfect Valentine.

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