Mario’s Italian Restaurant Closes, Making Way For New HiWay Pizza Pub Location

Dante’s Restaurants’ HiWay Pizza Pub brand to open a second location this fall.

Mario’s Italian Restaurant’s parent company, Dante’s Restaurants and Nightlife, announced today that it has closed its Mario’s Italian Restaurant location on North Atherton Street. The decision to close the restaurant was based on the company’s strategic review process and to enhance long-term company growth. According to Director J.P. Mills, “We
have come to the end of our current lease at Mario’s. The lease renewal terms presented a significant rent increase and subsequent increases thereafter. We attempted negotiations to reach amicable terms, but unfortunately, we could not reach an agreement.”

All Mario's employees have been offered employment opportunities at other Dante’s Restaurants and Nightlife locations. Fans of Mario’s will still be able to find the same scratch-made pastas, sauces and Dante’s Restaurants' Italian know-how at HiWay Pizza Pub and Inferno Brick Oven & Bar.

Dante’s is significantly reinvesting in their flagship brand, HiWay Pizza Pub. With the closing of Mario’s, Dante’s will work quickly to open a second HiWay Pizza Pub location on West College Avenue at the site of the Westside Stadium Bar & Grill at 1301 West College Avenue.

“We are super excited to have been working for the past few months on plans to update our HiWay Pizza Pub brand,” J.P. Mills says. “It will be great place not just to watch sports and have a few drinks, but will have a restaurant section for families and kids. 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. The closing of Mario’s gives us the ability to grow our HiWay brand and celebrate the pizza that our company was built on. Building a new location from scratch will give us a clean canvas to present a new look for our HiWay Pub brand for years to come.”

Stay tuned for more information about the new HiWay Pizza Pub!


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