Future of State College Rotelli restaurant up in the air

bmilazzo@centredaily.comMarch 27, 2014 

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The future of Rotelli on Calder Way is currently up in the air, as the pizza and Italian restaurant managers work out financial issues.

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The future of Rotelli restaurant, at 250 E. Calder Way, may be uncertain after it failed to pay $190,256.36 in rent to its landlord, according to a complaint filed in Centre County court last month.

Centre County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Bryan Sampsel said he received paperwork Thursday afternoon stating that he has the right to close the franchise within 30 days at the discretion of property owner, Calder Joint Venture.

Sampsel said he was scheduled to speak with Charlene Friedman, of Calder Joint Venture and chief financial officer of Friedman Real Estate Group, regarding the situation.

If a closure is the case, Sampsel said he would put a “no trespassing” sign on the door, and Friedman would change the locks.

However, restaurant co-owner Dave Krauth said that the restaurant would be open as management works out its financial issues. He wouldn’t elaborate on details, but he did confirm the restaurant has been overdue on rent.

“It’s just something we’re dealing with,” Krauth said.

Krauth added that nothing would change for its customers or employees in the near future. Rotelli employs about 50 people, Krauth said.

Rotelli opened in State College in 2006, according to the restaurant’s website.

Rotelli is a restaurant chain with 30 locations across the U.S., according to its website.

Calder Joint Venture has not responded to the CDT for comment.

Britney Milazzo can be reached at 231-4648. Follow her on Twitter @M11azzo.

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