Plaza Mexican brings another taste to State College

Plaza Mexican, located at 1550 S. Atherton St. in State College, opened in May.
Plaza Mexican, located at 1550 S. Atherton St. in State College, opened in May.

In the past few weeks, local residents have gotten to sample a new restaurant in State College.

Plaza Mexican, located at 1550 S. Atherton St., opened in early May. The eatery takes the place of a Ruby Tuesday, which closed in late January.

Hector Peña, the restaurant’s manager, said the owners began to rent the property in February.

“A lot of locals have spread the word,” Peña said.

Peña said the restaurant has received positive feedback from the community. Among others, the menu features homemade salsa, guacamole and enchiladas.

According to borough documents, the eatery passed inspection and received its food handling certification on March 8. The restaurant does not have a liquor license.

Just keep pedaling

The wheels keep on turning for the Bicycle Shop.

The State College bike sales and service shop is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. Founded in 1946 by Tuffy Krumrine, the shop changed hands a few times before Erik Scott became the owner in 2005. The retailer features about 2,250 square feet of floor space, with about the same amount in workshop space in the basement. With additional warehouse space, Scott estimated the shop has about 7,000 to 8,000 square feet in total.

“The thing about this business is I like selling bikes to people and making sure they’re fitted properly,” Scott said. “I like the fact that people can go out and feel good riding their bikes.”

The shop, located at 441 W. College Ave., is holding an anniversary sale in July. Scott said customers will be able to register for a bike giveaway and will also have the opportunity to demo models.

“With the internet and online sales, bike shops are something that over the last 15 or 20 years, a lot of them are going away,” Scott said. “We’ve grown continuously, and I’m proud that we’re still here and we’re still doing well.”

Long-term care facility receives recognition

Juniper Village and Juniper Village Senior Living at Brookline earned Bronze National Quality Awards recently for meeting requirements set by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living.

Bronze awards hinge upon developing a performance improvement system, which entails creating vision and mission statements and assessing customer expectations.

The State College rehabilitation and skilled-care site was one of 15 long-term care facilities in the state that received honors.

Roger Van Scyoc: 814-231-4698, @rogervanscy