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New restaurant opens in State College

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A new State College restaurant has opened and is a little slow on business, but that was the plan.

Little Food Court features a fast-casual, Asian-American menu. The eatery moved into 250 E. Calder Way, which had been occupied by Rotelli’s. The food is inspired from a wide range of Asian countries, according to owner Ken Ngan. The options, he said, are unique enough that you can’t easily find them.

“This food will be one of a kind,” Ngan said. “It’s really different from anything else, because we try to be creative and reasonable for everybody.”

He wanted to open the eatery in the summer to spend time training staff for when students would return.

“It’s never easy opening a business,” Ngan said. “We are all learning a lot, and so far it’s slow and that’s good for training. If we train everyone well, we will really run smoothly as expected when the students return and we have a lot of business.”

Ngan, whose family owns Little Szechuan, held the grand opening for the restaurant on May 26.

The eatery is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Metzger Animal Hospital to expand

Metzger Animal Hospital needs more space.

Instead of looking elsewhere for a new home, the veterinary office is adding on.

Plans call for about a 3,000-square-foot expansion to the building’s existing 10,000 square feet. The purpose, Fred Metzger said, is “to dramatically expand our reception area and also treatment areas because of our continued growth.”

“Pet owners will greatly benefit because we’re expanding our main reception area from our current 800-square area to approximately 2,700 square feet,” he said. “This will allow for more comfort and examination rooms thereby decreasing waiting times for pets and people. We also decided to expand because of the rapid growth of our 24-hour emergency services. Pet owners appreciate that we’re there 24 hours a day, and we don’t charge extra for emergencies.”

The expansion plans are in the early stages — a development proposal was submitted May 19 to College Township.

Metzger said the changes would be complete in the next two to four years and that there will not be any disruption in services during construction.

Startups win $10,000 in prizes

Two of six startups in the 12th TechCelerator Class earned funding on May 23 at a pitch event.

Simplr, which produces automatic image analysis software to help create photos, received $7,500 at the Ben Franklin Technology Partners event. First Pick, an app on iOS and Android that helps people find, join and organize pick-up sports games near them, received $2,500.

Each startup, including KNN Software Associates, LB Diagnostics, Medical Mirror and Visionese, graduated from the pre-accelerator program and pitched their company’s mission for six minutes and answered panelist questions.

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