Aardvark Kafe closes, owners to leave restaurant industry

The Aardvark Kafe in State College recently closed.
The Aardvark Kafe in State College recently closed. Centre Daily Times, file

The owners of a State College restaurant are moving on to new business plans.

They will be out of the building this weekend.

Karen and Les Urbanski opened Aardvark Kafe in 2012 and recently closed it to retire from the restaurant industry. Their plan is to continue running Dink’s Digs, an antique store they opened in July at 130 S. Allegheny St. in Bellefonte, and flip their house.

“I like to do antiques,” Karen Urbanski said. “I got a little tired of the antique shows and flea markets, because if you saw me I’m small and I always carried heavy things around. Last summer convinced me that I needed to do this, so I opened Dink’s Digs.”

The Urbanskis got into the restaurant business when Les, flipping through Craigslist, spotted the Original Italian Pizza restaurant for sale at 906 W. College Ave. They bought the eatery, renamed it and added a vegan menu.

What’s most important is our customers and all of our friends we made.

Karen Urbanski

The owners aren’t quite done with the business — their equipment is for sale. They also have a bittersweet feeling.

“We’re excited about what’s next, and we’re thankful for everyone that we’ve met,” Les Urbanski said. “There’s also a sense of disappointment, because we don’t want to lose the friends we’ve made.”

“What’s most important is our customers and all of the friends we made,” Karen Urbanski added. “They were like family to us. We had so many people come in because of our vegan options, you know those crazy people. I can say that because I am one of them. And we are so grateful, because they could go anywhere for a meal and they came to us. They made this place neat. It was a really fun, relaxed environment for us and for them.”

Shawn Annarelli: 814-235-3928, @Shawn_Annarelli