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Food in Happy Valley

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Middletown boro was citing the Chinese restaurant guy because of parking or some other issue and he was threatening to leave.

The last I heard was they were waiting to see if they could get one parcel that is owned by the church behind them rezoned so they could purchase it and add it to the Autoport property.

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As far as I know, they’ve patched things up. The place is still there, and doing well. As you can imagine, trying to do business between a 200 yr old sleepy industrial boro, and someone born in China and trying to make a go of it in a town that’s transitioning into a college town is bound to have some misunderstandings. To open up a restaurant that used to be a BnB in a residential part of town is going to cause some questions from local officials.

Middletown is an interesting place at the moment. There’s a real transition going on and it’s going to be interesting to see how it all plays out. The rapid increase in the college enrollment is creating opportunities, but also changing the dynamics of what was a very close-knit community of mostly long-time multi-generational residents.

Not to belabor this point, but Chinese-American cuisine has itself now been around for about 150 years and by this point has become fully integrated into the American dining scene.

But you hit the nail on the head when you talk about the differences between what people in the US think of when they hear “Chinese” food, and what a student from China (or even Taiwan) would want in terms of cuisine. Most Chinese-American dishes are heavily-modified Cantonese and Hunanese inspired dishes; you’ll almost never see Fujianese (too much focus on seafood for American palates), Sichuan (too spicy).

You may have already seen this, but for everyone else on this thread…

Chinese restaurant owner plans to appeal $14,800 in fines over parking lot | Press & Journal?

Did PJ Harrigans ever reopen after the shooting?


The Field is getting way too much press for my liking. In addition to the above Athletic article, the HBO cameras were there showing the PSU linemen chowing down at “their favorite restaurant” during last Wednesday’s PSU special.

This afternoon ESPN’s cameras took over. Apparently The Field will be providing nourishment for the College GameDay crew while they are on air Saturday morning. If you think the above Franklin burger looks huge, wait until you see what they have cooked up for Lee Corso.

If all these people keep showing up, I’m going to have a hard time grabbing my favorite seat.

BTW - I had the grilled cheese sandwich, aka “Not Mom’s Grilled Cheese”, today and it was spectacular. Although, I’m not sure that my bar maid appreciated it when I said I wanted the sandwich that they added especially for last week’s Alumni Weekend, i.e. the “Hot Mom’s Grilled Cheese”. She gave me a bit of a dirty look (although she did check the menu first to make sure that they hadn’t actually changed the name). Given that they do have a chicken sandwich called “The Hot Chick”, I don’t think that my comment was all that out of line. :slight_smile:

Somehow I have a feeling that was not the first time a bar maid gave you a dirty look. :slightly_smiling_face:


The Eat N Park group opened a new place where the Diner used to be. More burgers and salads.

Actually Grand Opening is in 90 minutes. :grin:

Oh, whoops. Well, go check it out and let us know how it is!

I’m thinking of heading there (or BRGR) tomorrow afternoon. I’m headed downtown to watch a friend rappel off of the Hyatt (for charity) at 2 pm - might grab a bite afterward. There’s also a rumor that Franklin might do it (the rappeling not the burgering) too. If I get there and see ESPN cameras, I’ll know the rumor is true.

Wound up going to BRGR. We decided my friend needed a drink after the rappel (the wind was blowing like crazy and made things a bit harrowing) and Hello Bistro doesn’t serve alcohol. (Note: Franklin didn’t make an appearance.)

The burger was decent but wasn’t as good as The Field’s. Here’s a pic.

Speaking of The Field, they are going to be serving the GameDay crew Saturday. I’ve been told about the special made burger that they are giving Lee Corso and can’t wait to see it.

Hotel State College Businesses to Be Purchased by Pat Croce & Company

by Anthony Colucci on October 24, 2019 4:20 PM

My favorite Pat Croce story. Back in 2001, Croce’s daughter Kelly was one of the THON committee chairpersons and thus served on THON’s executive committee. Pat was a guest speaker at one of the THON executive meetings and the entire group adjourned to Tony’s Big Easy for dinner after their meeting. It was midweek and the place was relatively empty so the group pretty much took over the dining area. I wandered in to around 10 pm and was hanging around the back bar when I recognized Croce. I had been casually talking to Jack Sapia, father of the bar’s owner Tony Sapia, and asked Jack “Do you know who that is?”. Jack hadn’t a clue, but once I told him he grabbed Tony and made a beeline for Croce.

That was a typical move for Jack and Tony. Both the Big Easy and the My-Oh-My, another Sapia property, had wall photos of “celebs” with either Jack or Tony. Clearly Jack was going to be after another one. Jack interrupted Croce and said “Mr Croce, I’d like to introduce you to my son Jack. He owns this establishment”. After a minute or two of conversation with Tony, Pat turns to Jack and asks “So what do you do?”. Jack’s response was “I own the building”. That got a huge laugh and hug from Croce who said “Smart man”. After a talking a while the three of them broke up and Pat went back to mingling with the THON crew.

About an hour later, around 11 pm, Croce and his wife were leaving and they stopped to say goodbye to Jack and Tony. After thanking them for their hospitality Croce turned to his wife and asked for his phone. As she’s reaching into her purse, Jack says “Mr Croce, can I get a cab for you to take you to your hotel?”. Croce laughs and says “No hotel for me. My car is parked around the corner. I’m calling my driver, he’ll be here in seconds to take me to the airport where my jet is parked. I’ll be home by midnight”.

He said a couple of words into the phone, shook Jack and Tony’s hands, and walked outside as his car pulled around the corner. Jack just turned to me and said “different lifestyle”.

The group sounds like a great group to take over the establishments. I am sure they will make some changes probably all improvements to food and service.

I bet when some restaurant in town finally names a sandwich after you, they’ll call it “The Dirty Old Man” :grinning: