Arlecchino fulfills a large order for more space | Business

Jonathan Vlasic didn’t have to expand Arlecchino Ristorante, his upscale Italian dining destination in Peters Township, to ramp up business during the pandemic. But he pledged to make it more spacious.

“I run out of passion and we aspire to be the best,” said the sole owner of the restaurant, which sits along Camp Lane off Route 19. “We want to be relevant and give more to customers.

“We have no loans, no debts. I could have set things up. . . then I spent half a million dollars.

That half million was spent on an 1,800 square foot expansion that added dining space, expanded the kitchen, and provided more parking. Planning director Ed Zuk said the township issued the building permit Aug. 21 and the certificate of occupancy this month, meaning the renovation is essentially complete.

But not quite. Vlasic is yet another business owner facing supply issues.

“We are waiting for the glass for the wine cellar and it will probably take another six weeks, he said. “Do I consider it done? Yes. Is it completely done? No.”

Vlasic, who resides in Ambridge, is one of the leaders, indicating another supply problem.

“We need a few cooks to fill all the stations on the list,” he said. “We want cooks who aspire to be chefs.”

It also has a sister restaurant in the Allentown section of Pittsburgh, named Alla Famiglia, which also specializes in Italian cuisine.

Arlecchino, which opened in September 2011, is easily recognizable from Washington Road. It’s in a valley below the highway and looks like a schoolhouse from days gone by – which it was. The structure dates from 1907.

The building, which is owned by a general contractor, Tom Robinson, was also a high-end dining venue in its previous incarnation. Owners Sean and Chuck Davis named it Classroom Restaurant.

Arlecchino is only open for dinner, from 4:00 p.m. to midnight Monday to Saturday – or until the last reservation. Private parties can be scheduled on Sundays.

Gas prices

Gasoline prices in western Pennsylvania were down slightly from the previous week.

A gallon of lead-free self-serve costs $3,548, AAA East Central reported Monday. That was three-tenths of a cent less than a week earlier.

In contrast, the average gasoline price during the week of January 25, 2021 was $2,735 – 77.6 cents cheaper per gallon.

The agency is monitoring prices in 23 cities and towns across the region, including Washington, which has seen a significant drop. The Greater Washington area average was $3.478, down 6.0 cents from the previous week. It was the seventh lowest in the region. Uniontown’s price was $3,556.

Brookville ($3.349) had the lowest average, followed by DuBois ($3.364). Mercer ($3,583) had the most expensive fuel.

The Pennsylvania average was $3.525, nearly 20 cents higher than the national average of $3.33.

Fuel nationwide was up two cents from the previous week, five cents from the previous month and 94 cents more expensive year over year. AAA blamed the jumps on rising oil prices — around $85 a barrel, a $20 increase from November.

Greene County

The Greene County Chamber of Commerce announced that small business expansion loans are available through the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission. The commission offers loans at a 1% interest rate through the Appalachian Regional Commission’s Revolving Loan Fund.

These loans are open to small businesses in the region who wish to finance the purchase of a building, the purchase of equipment or carry out a renovation project. For more information, call Steve Meredith of SPC at 412-391-5590 Ext. 325, or Don Chappel at the Greene County Industrial Development Corporation, 724-852-2965).

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