New HiWay Pizza Pub To Open New Downtown Location

HiWay Pizza Pub’s parent company Dante’s Restaurants and Nightlife, announced today that it will soon open a third location of HiWay Pizza located at the corner of College Avenue and Heister Street in downtown State College, PA.  

“We are thrilled to be opening our third location and bringing our HiWay Pizza Pub brand back downtown.” comments Dante’s Director Jennifer Zangrilli. “HiWay Pizza will be returning home to the original building in which my dad, our owner, Andy Zangrilli opened State College’s first HiWay Pizza in on Heister Street back in 1963.” HiWay Pizza Pub will return to the same location at 346 East College Avenue as it once operated in from 1976 until Dante’s opened Inferno Brick Oven & Bar in 2008.

The return of HiWay Pizza downtown will mark an end to Dante’s Inferno Brick Oven & Bar concept. “All things old are often new again and so now has come the time for Inferno to take a bow and allow HiWay Pizza Pub to once again carry our pizza banner downtown.” explains Dante’s Director J.P. Mills. “We will work quickly over the next few weeks to transition into the HiWay Pizza brand including our full menu of pizza, salads, burgers, cheesesteaks, wings and more. We feel this change is timely and builds on our recent focus in HiWay Pizza. All employees of Inferno will maintain their employment with Dante’s becoming a part of the HiWay Pizza Pub team.

Dante’s has been significantly reinvesting in their flagship brand, HiWay Pizza Pub in recent years. “Those that have visited our WEST location, since it’s opening in November of 2017, experience a glimpse of a new direction for the brand bringing it into a more modern day concept. That direction and branding will continue to evolve over the next few years at all of our HiWay locations,” notes Mills. Just like HiWay’s current two locations, downtown will be great place not just to watch sports and have a few drinks, but families visiting downtown are welcome too. “Enhancing the atmosphere and guest experience as well as expanding our food and drink menu is our focus, but don’t worry, the same great food that made HiWay a State College tradition will remain.” comments Zangrilli. “The closing of Inferno gives us the ability to grow our HiWay brand and celebrate the pizza that our company was built on. Dante’s Restaurants invites you to join us downtown this summer and experience what HiWay Pizza Pub “Downtown” is all about.

About Dante’s Restaurants and Nightlife. Founded in 1963 by Andy Zangrilli, Dante’s Restaurants is one of the most unique multi-concept restaurant companies in State College, Pennsylvania producing all of their food menu items in-house fresh from scratch. Locations include Hi-Way Pizza Pubs, The Deli Restaurant and Z Bar, Liberty Craft House, bar bleu, The Saloon and The Hopshop Beer Market. 

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