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Bits of Business: Liberty Craft House opens in downtown State College

The opening of Liberty Craft House was kept secret until it opened last week. “The reveal is always important, and that’s worth the smoke and mirrors,” said J.P. Mills, Dante’s Restaurants and Nightlife’s director of marketing.
The opening of Liberty Craft House was kept secret until it opened last week. “The reveal is always important, and that’s worth the smoke and mirrors,” said J.P. Mills, Dante’s Restaurants and Nightlife’s director of marketing. CDT photo

Liberty Craft House is meticulously crafted, from the Chicago brick walls to the repurposed wood floors and tables.

The door handle and sign were built by local metal workers, and the food is all made from scratch. The draft towers are customized to pour beer at specific temperatures.

The concept of the newly opened downtown bar is also unique.

“As the name implies it’s a craft house, the Liberty Craft House,” said J.P. Mills, the director of marketing for Dante’s Restaurants and Nightlife. “A lot of thought was put into the concept. First and foremost, I’ve been calling it a neighborhood joint, a place where you can come to whether you’re into beer, wine, cocktails, spirits, charcuterie food — (it’s) a little haven for all of that.”

Jennifer Zangrilli, director of operations, waved to people going in and out of Liberty Craft House as Mills talked.

“It should be a place where everyone feels comfortable,” Zangrilli said. “The original public houses started as a place to gather and socialize to discuss events of the day, politics, literature and arts, and that’s what a neighborhood joint is. I think this will appeal to anyone that wants to be a part of the State College community, whether it’s adults, students or graduate students.”

Liberty is Dante’s eighth location in the State College area. The establishment is located at 346 E. College Ave.

The idea behind the 2,400-square-foot neighborhood establishment began about two to three years ago and was kept secret until it opened last week.

“The reveal is always important, and that’s worth the smoke and mirrors,” Mills said.

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