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Restaurant will close in 2018, but the owners 'have big plans'

The future of Revival Kitchen is “exciting” even if it does have to close, co-owner Liz Hoffner said.

A newsletter, penned by Hoffner and co-owner Quintin Wicks, sent to Revival Kitchen customers outlined the restaurant’s fate. It will close in February.

“Make sure to share this newsletter and follow us on all of the social media platforms to keep up what is happening,” the email said. “We promise to write and post more farm and food pics. We are not leaving, just changing for the better.”

The restaurant had a three-year lease at 6 N. Main St. in Reedsville, but Hoffner and Wicks said they “do not have control over everything,” including the lease.

The couple recently bought a home in Reedsville and have searched for a new location for more than eight months, in Mifflin, Huntingdon and Centre counties and in towns such as State College, Zion and Belleville. They decided to reopen an eatery in the home they bought “six doors down.”

“We have big plans for our future, and we are committed to our guests and our community,” they said. “These plans have not been finalized, but watch for regular updates through this newsletter and social media. It’s a sad, but exciting time as well.”

The new location likely won’t be open five days a week. Dining will likely be by reservation only to provide the couple a “more sustainable lifestyle” and to enhance a dining experience for customers.

Wicks and Hoffner said its customers validated their dreams, which they pursued by moving to Pennsylvania from Colorado several years ago.

“After February, our first order of business is to build our commercial kitchen so that we can get back to cooking great food,” the email said. “That’s what it is all about, right? We anticipate being able to cater small private events by June and are working on other exciting ideas such as a pop-up monthly chef’s table in State College with Fasta & Ravioli Co’s Kitchen Incubator. We also have plans for a series of out-on-the-farm dinners in beautiful Mifflin, Juniata and Centre counties throughout the 2018 growing season, and this is just the beginning.”

Shawn Annarelli: 814-235-3928, @Shawn_Annarelli

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