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Bonfatto’s owner wants to expand business in Bellefonte

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Bonfatto’s owner David Letterman wants to expand his business, and he hopes the community will help.

Letterman launched a Kickstarter for funding. The campaign ends June 8 and is short by about $2,800 as of June 1.

The Kickstarter campaign explains Letterman’s motive behind having another space in Bellefonte. Demand for Bonfatto’s products, according to Letterman, has outpaced the business’ capacity for production of sauces, leading to the need for office, warehouse and facility space.

“Bonfatto’s Artisan Sauces have been on the market for 8 years,” the Kickstarter page states. “Although there has been a lot of success along the way, we have not been able to push it to the next level simply due to batch size limitations resulting from our current setup, time restrictions and the cost of getting a line of products into the market.”

Letterman wants to house the facility, which will have space for a storefront and small restaurant, at the corner of West High and North Potter streets, which is in walking distance of Talleyrand Park. The menu and retail would include hand-dipped ice cream, Italian goods, a cafe and Bellefonte souvenirs.

“It will have a real small town feel that fits perfectly in our area,” according to the Kickstarter page.

Letterman’s “ultimate goal” is to raise $50,000 to remodel the storefront for Bonanza Subs, increase batch size for production, upgrade filling and labeling procedures and to install a walk-in cooler and freezer.

Letterman could not be reached for comment.

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