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Lots of changes came to Indiana while students were away on summer break.
In addition to changes with IUP Dining locations on campus, two off-campus eateries brought new menu items to the table.
Indiana welcomed a new restaurant to its Philly Street hub, while another restaurant underwent a name change.
Villa II Pizza
Villa II Pizza opened July 29 on Philadelphia Street, between Seventh and Eighth Streets.
Becky and Jeff Marshall also own Villa Pub and Grill and Market Street Bakery in Blairsville. The idea of Villa II came from Jeff, when he suggested to his wife the idea of combining their specialty Jioio’s pizza with sweet sauce from Villa and the variety of baked goods from Market Street to bring the best of both businesses to Indiana.
“Even though there are a lot of pizza places in Indiana, the Jioio’s pizza is very different,” Becky said. “It’s a sweet, thin crust. So we offer both the hand-tossed Villa pizza and the Jioio’s pizza.”
When you first walk through the door, you’re greeted by a case of colorful desserts, all made daily at Market Street Bakery, including macarons, cheesecakes and opera cakes.
“The opera cake is layers of almond sponge cake, soaked with espresso syrup and espresso buttercream, and chocolate ganache on top.”
Online ordering is an option Becky said she hopes to have in the future, but for now, customers can call in their orders for pick-up or delivery. Customers can also dine in.
Becky described the staff of her restaurants as instrumental in helping to open the third establishment. She said they will continue hiring at the new location as time goes on.
The restaurant, formerly known as Firehouse Brewing Co., next to Boomerangs Bar and Grille will now go by Kangaroos.
Owner Shannon Penich said the name change was the final step after renovations to the interior and changes to the menu.
“We wanted a fresh start,” she said.
Penich explained that Firehouse was known as a burger place, so it was very limiting for those who didn’t wish to order burgers.
The new menu includes hot dogs, gryos, paninis, different appetizers and desserts. While burger lovers can still enjoy their favorites, others can have more entree options to choose from.
Kangaroos is also serving ice cream from Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream in Pittsburgh.