The large retail space that once housed 797 Lounge on the corner of West College Avenue and Burrowes Street will no longer be empty by September.
Noodles & Co. has announced that it plans to open on Sept. 5 at its new 244 W. College Ave. location. The grand opening was originally slated for Aug. 27, but communications manager
Mandy Melby said the date was pushed back so the restaurant could draw from the college community for staffing. The business plans to hire 30 people.
Melby said the beauty of the restaurant is the variety of the cuisine. It can be crafted to any dietary preference and the range of dishes allow for a person to eat there every day and not have to eat the same meal twice, she said.
“Part of the appeal is that Noodles & Co. crosses all the demographics,” Melby said. “There is something for everyone.”
The restaurant is a mixture of fast-food and a casual dining experience as it has a total of 130 seats between the dining area and the patio. Melby said this is larger than most spots in the chain, but she hopes the extra space will provide an enhanced dining experience.
Melby said Noodles is in the process of obtaining a liquor license so that customers can enjoy alcohol with their meal, but she doesn’t believe it will be ready for the opening.
Though all of the Pennsylvania Noodles restaurants now are in the Pittsburgh area, Melby said State College was a good fit because the chain is in several college towns across the country.
“One thing we try to investigate is the personality of the town,” she said. “We want to become part of the fabric of the community.”
Simpson Chiropractic, formerly located at 100 Walker Drive in State College, has moved to 2603 E. College Ave., employee Kelly Fisher said.
The move comes after owners Jeff and Cindy Simpson expanded the family business to hire their daughter and son.
“The new office has more space, a much better layout and more parking,” Fisher wrote in an email.
Simpson Chiropractic, established in 1985, performs services such as sensitivity testing, extremity adjustments, massage therapy and kinesio taping.
The Lemont farmers now has the shelter of a roof.
Vendors will occupy two levels at the Granary building on Mount Nittany Road. The market will also feature Pauley’s Mount Nittany hen house, a guest vendor that will sell local eggs.
Other participants in Wednesday’s market include Fasta & Ravioli, Deb’s Flowers, Bee Kind Winery, Sweet Heat Gourmet and Nittany View Farm.
Matt Morgan can be reached at 235-3928. Follow him on Twitter @MetroMattMorgan