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You have one less place to eat in State College

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, which opened in 2013 at 333 Benner Pike, has been closed for about a week.
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, which opened in 2013 at 333 Benner Pike, has been closed for about a week. sannarelli@centredaily.com

A restaurant that brought Texas-based barbecue to the State College area for several years has closed its doors.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, which opened in 2013 at 333 Benner Pike, has been closed for about a week.

A sign on the door indicated the closure would be short-lived due to technical difficulties, but Dickey’s owner Jay Rhodes clarified that the location would reopen at a later date under a new name and ownership after he sells it.

Rhodes, who is also selling Dickey’s restaurants in Altoona and Mechanicsburg, said he plans to retire from the restaurant industry to focus on his military career. He is a chaplain major in the United States Army.

Rhodes and his wife, Paula, who met while attending Penn State, discovered the barbecue chain when they lived in Dallas more than a decade ago.

He told the Centre Daily Times in 2013 that they were bringing “real authentic Texas barbecue” to State College.

They are “extremely thankful” for their customers, Rhodes said.

“We enjoyed our four years in State College and enjoyed two years with a stand at the Bryce Jordan Center,” Rhodes said. “We love State College and Penn State.”

Shawn Annarelli: 814-235-3928, @Shawn_Annarelli

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