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Bonfatto’s Opens in New Location

by and on April 19, 2019 5:00 AM

BELLEFONTE — Those hungering for the famous Bonanza subs need to wait no longer. Bonfatto’s is open again.

Closed in December, Bonfatto’s Restaurant and Lounge is open again, now known as Bonfatto’s Italian Market and Corner Café, and now in the heart of Bellefonte — very close to where co-owner David Letterman’s grandparents first opened up shop back in 1919. Letterman owns the business with his wife, Sheri.

Letterman said he is glad to be back to doing what he does best — serving up food to the community — after a long renovation process at 401 High Street, across from CVS and Talleyrand Park.

He did a lot of the renovations himself and Sheri designed the interior. He said it was a lot of hard work and effort, but it has paid off with an open and comfortable feel for the new concept store. Letterman added that it felt good to be behind the counter again, interacting with the customers during its first day in business on April 15.

“I really like being out here interacting with the customers while we are making their orders,” he said. “The whole service thing is back to where it should be.”

The menu includes the Bonanza subs, other sandwiches and pasta choices, and healthy choices like smoothies and salads. Coffee and espresso drinks look to pair well with a changing selection of Italian pastries and sweets.

“We have a nice healthy menu with a lot of healthy choices. We have vegetarian and vegan choices,” he said. “The whole concept is new. We have a great Italian market with products directly from Italy that you can’t find at local grocery stores. And we would be glad to work with customers to order specialty items. And, we have amazing cappuccino and espresso.”

With pasta, meats, cheeses, sauces and oils, the market area and display case give the place an authentic touch. And for those who miss the chicken wings from the old location, the wings sauces are available in bottles for fans to make their own creation at home.

While there is no bar or liquor license, customers are allowed to carry their own alcohol into the new location.

The Lettermans and their staff, a dedicated group of holdovers from the last location, were still getting to know their way around the new kitchen during their soft opening. It will have limited hours, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., as the business gets going, but eventually will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

A grand opening celebration is planned April 26 to 28.

“We’ve been waiting. It’s taken a while so were are excited now they are here. And they are back in town and close to their original location, so we are excited about that,” said Tiffany Aikey, of Bellefonte, who was caring a bag full of subs home for dinner. “The inside is beautiful. I am still trying to acclimate myself to the fact that some of the items that we are used to weren’t there, but I can see a lot of potential for make-your-own with what they are providing with different pastas. And they still have their wing sauce, so that is a good thing.”

This story was produced by the staff at the Centre County Gazette. It was re-published with permission. The Centre County Gazette is a weekly publication, available at many locations around Centre County every Thursday morning.

Vincent Corso is writer for Town&Gown and the Centre County Gazette.
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