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Gas Light Cafe opens under new ownership

by on July 26, 2012 10:45 AM

PHILIPSBURG — The Gas Light Cafe is open for business.

Earlier this year, Cantania purchased The Gas Light Cafe. Catania and her crew plan on creating a friendly and casual atmosphere offering a quality food menu.

“I would like our Cafe to be an integral part of the community, by focusing on purchasing as much as possible locally,” said Catania. “We want a quaint and friendly atmosphere for the local community to enjoy a good cup of coffee and/or a quality meal with their friends and neighbors.”

The new chef, Jessica Lobb, is also a local and has spent time in California. Lobb is bringing a fresh west coast flavor to Philipsburg. Some of the new items include a new and fresh attitude, longer hours, breakfast hours, homemade tortillas, cobb and chopped salads, sweet and salty chocolate chip cookies, peach and blueberry cobbler, cappuccino and more to come. The Cafe will also be offering special events and BYOB happy hours in the future.

Catania is a third generation business owner in Philipsburg. Her grandfather was Charles A. Jones and ran an insurance company, her father was Bud Jones and he ran the Chas. A. Jones Insurance Agency with his mother. With Catania’s family history in Philipsburg, she is pleased to be located in a historic building where clothes where manufactured in the 1920s.

“I am confident, given Catania’s creativity, drive and determination that The Gas Light Cafe will continue to grow and become an important fixture in the downtown Philipsburg business community,” said David Jordan, with the Penn State Small Business Development Center, whose office has been involved since the beginning assisting with guidance on the sales agreement and the development of a business plan.

“The services offered and the counseling provided by the Penn State SBDC are worth their weight in gold,” Catania said.

The Gas Light Cafe recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony. State representative Scott Conklin was on hand to offer a few remarks and to assist in the ribbon-cutting.

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