The lights set to come back on in the Gamble Mill

The Gamble Mill in Bellefonte was closed in January 2015.
The Gamble Mill in Bellefonte was closed in January 2015. Centre Daily Times, file

A piece of Bellefonte has been left empty for too long.

And soon, if the new owners have the right recipe, the Gamble Mill will be full and the town will feel more whole.

The lights will come back on in the Gamble Mill with new ownership poised to buy the historic restaurant. The deal for the mill just needs to be closed.

“Because of the bankruptcy proceedings, closing hasn’t taken place yet and is scheduled for August,” borough Manager Ralph Stewart said.

He recently said in a meeting that Marian Bradley and her business partners would take over the restaurant.

“Marian and a couple of partners are about ready to close on the Gamble Mill,” he said. “We welcome all of you to Bellefonte. We welcome you to the community. We wish you great success with the Gamble Mill. We’re very excited about the project. We’re here to help you in any way we can. We look forward to rolling up our sleeves and working with you throughout the process and doing anything we can to make you successful.”

Stewart said Bradley plans renovations for the building before opening it as a restaurant/microbrewery.

“After listening to them and talking to the group, we believe they will do a first-class renovation and operate the same way,” he said. “It will be worth the wait. We are very excited about this development. The Gamble Mill is an integral component of the waterfront business district and downtown Bellefonte’s revitalization.”

The Gamble Mill was closed in January 2015 when former owners Dave Fonash and Paul Kendeffy chose to pursue different career paths.

They began planning to sell the restaurant in 2014, with the asking price at $1.3 million, though it is not known what price sealed the deal.

Fonash said in 2015 he would market the mill as a turnkey brewery pub.

Fonash declined comment on the sale.

Shawn Annarelli: 814-235-3928, @Shawn_Annarelli