If you’ve got french fries on a sandwich, you can thank Joe Primanti for the innovation.
Primanti owned a small storefront on 18th Street in Pittsburgh during the Great Depression when he put fried potatoes on a customer’s sandwich.
About 80 years later, Primanti Bros. will open its 24th store and the first one in Centre County soon. Primanti Bros. operations director Mike Mitcham said the company set an internal date, but will not release it yet.
The restaurant will open sometime later this month or early next month, which is later than the company’s targeted December opening.
“We’ve kind of toyed with ideas of when to open, and we didn’t want to open without students here,” Mitcham said. “We hired a head coach that has lived in the community for a while and has been in the market for some time. He knows the area and said, “Let’s wait.”
Mitcham said the company also wanted to get about 130 employees, most of them college students, trained for the opening.
Primanti Bros. replaces Gingerbread Man, which closed in June, at 130 Hiester St. The restaurant can seat about 200 people, and the building has been renovated to look like the other Primanti restaurants.
Moshannon Valley Super Bowl to be auctioned
The lone bowling alley in Philipsburg will be auctioned in a sheriff’s sale Feb. 12.
A foreclosure notice from U.S. Bank National Association was served to co-owners Andrew Coleman and James Burns on Dec. 4. They have not responded to requests for comment.
The Moshannon Valley Super Bowl is at the entrance of the Moshannon Valley Economic Development Partnership’s Business Park. The bowling alley was open in 2007.
MVEDP executive director Stan LaFuria said he does not know the bowling alley’s future.
“It’s just disappointing, because the owners took a huge risk,” LaFuria said. “It was a huge project, the first bowling alley in Philipsburg in 30 years, and those guys tried very, very hard to make it work. If the market doesn’t pan out the way you hope, you get behind the eight ball.”
Co.space finalist for competition
The co.space co-founder Spud Marshall wants to make changes in State College one idea at a time.
That’s why he entered co.space in the Knight Cities Challenge in November.
Co.space is “changemaker-in-residence” business of 20 people living together in State College who work on projects to benefit the community.
The Knight Cities Challenge seeks new ideas from innovators who will take hold of the future of our cities and awards grants totaling about $5 million.
This year’s challenge had 7,000 entries, and the co.space is one of 126 finalists that could receive a share of $5 million.
They’ll find out in March if they’re a winner.
“Our goal is to attract and retain people who have flexible time and want to make positive change in the community,” Marshall said. “What we’ve found in the community is that the 24-to-35 age bracket is kind of missing a little bit, so we’ve gotten people in that age group that are creative innovators to come to together to nurture and activate their projects.”
The co.space isn’t the first State College-based organization Marshall has co-founded.
He and three friends lanched the New Leaf Initiative in 2010 to cultivate innovation between the Centre Region community and the Penn State student body.