Perhaps it’s cliche to say that good things come to those who wait.
It may also be fitting for Federal Taphouse patrons.
State College’s newest restaurant won’t open Monday as previously scheduled — there are a few finishing touches in construction that need to be completed.
Federal Taphouse, a Pennsylvania company, will open July 1 on the second floor of downtown State College’s Fraser Centre next to the lobby of the Hyatt Place Hotel. Federal Taphouse co-owners Corey Fogarty and Judd Goodman are Penn State graduates.
“We love the market and are thrilled to open a restaurant there, and we bleed blue and white, frankly,” Fogarty said in 2016. “Along with that, we wanted to be part of the Fraser Centre. Judd had a long-term relationship with (Fraser Centre developer) Gary (Brandeis), and we think the Fraser Centre will be a linchpin in State College. It’ll be a great addition.”
The restaurant will have a draft count of 100 craft beers, 10 wines on tap and craft spirits.
Federal Taphouse’s scratch kitchen specializes in a farm-to-table approach by utilizing local products and offering charcuterie items, artisan pizza and seafood from the Eastern Shore. The eatery uses natural fuels such as hard woods and mesquite charcoal in the majority of its cooking practices.
Federal Taphouse will employ about 50 full-time and 30 part-time employees.