Cafe on the Park sold, set to become wine bar and eatery

A once-cafe will trade coffee for wine in the near future.

Located at 325 W. High St., the former home of Cafe on the Park will be renovated and remade into a wine bar and eatery, Bellefonte borough Manager Ralph Stewart said. An official opening date has not been set, though Stewart said the new owners are looking to open in August.

Cafe on the Park, a popular breakfast and lunch spot near Tallyrand Park, closed in February after about 10 years in business. Owners Kim and Frank Kowalczyk, who were looking to retire, have sold the property to Elwin Stewart and Barb Christ, the owners of the Happy Valley Winery.

Ralph Stewart said there were no issues with zoning or compliance with borough requirements, adding borough council approved the outdoor seating planned for the property on Monday.

With the new wine bar and eatery, downtown Bellefonte continues to develop. New ownership is set to take over the Gamble Mill, while Big Spring Spirits, a distillery and tasting room, and Good Intent Cider, 167 S. Potter St., have each opened in the past three years.

“It has a lot of choices for people all within walking distance,” Stewart said. “The entire downtown waterfront is very walkable.”

Roger Van Scyoc: 814-231-4698, @rogervanscy