December 2, 2023


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Lower Yoder supervisors approve liquor license transfer for new restaurant | Local News

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – The Lessen Yoder Township Board of Supervisors granted a cafe liquor license transfer from exterior the township to Thompson Restaurant LLC, which aims to open and operate a whole-services, sit-down restaurant at the former Westmont Gardens residence on Lyter Drive.

The LLC comprises Greg and Lauren Thompson, of Southmont.

The Thompsons spoke about their programs Wednesday throughout a public hearing for the liquor license transfer at the 128 J St. Decrease Yoder Township municipal making.

Their license request letter to the township describes a “full-provider, family-friendly, sit-down restaurant.”

“I want it to be a location the place you can have a awesome steak,” Greg explained. “I want it to be the form of a position you can observe a video game but have upscale meals – much more property-cooking-type things than other locations.”

Thompson retired two a long time in the past as a senior vice president for the house and casualty insurance coverage organization Chubb, a Fortune 500 enterprise.

“I’m only 57. I have generally desired a restaurant,” he mentioned. “I adore to prepare dinner.”

The Thompsons said they used a year and a half looking for potential areas and resolved on the web site of Westmont Gardens, which had a lengthy heritage in small business before closing various yrs in the past.

“There are not a whole lot of establishments on this facet of Johnstown,” Thompson reported. “I’m energized to get started out. Hopeful by Oct we’ll be prepared to go.”

In accordance with state legislation, the Thompsons ended up needed to protected a restaurant liquor license to open up an institution in Reduce Yoder Township.

The township supervisors’ approval permits the Thompsons to buy the Westmont Gardens home at 1733 Lyter Travel and commence to transform it.

Thompson said he is preparing to develop a new kitchen area with Top-quality Profits, a cafe machines dealer in Johnstown. His options include installing huge glass roll-up doors that would give just about an outside consuming and a lot of mild equipped to the eating room.

A massive choice that hasn’t been manufactured nonetheless, he reported, is a name for the cafe: “We’ve been speaking with relatives, and we’ve narrowed it down to about 10 names.”

Supervisors Chairman William Heim, Vice Chairman Al Grandinetti and Joseph Fatula ended up thrilled by Thompson’s strategies.

“We are excited about new organizations coming into the township,” Grandinetti claimed. “We want to see progress in the Lyter Drive and Westwood Plaza area.” 

Russ O’Reilly is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Abide by him on Twitter @RussellOReilly.