TRIADELPHIA - Ground has been broken for Primanti Bros. at The Highlands, and the much-awaited restaurant should be open in time to serve their trademark sandwiches to local football fans this fall.
Workers began leveling the ground north of Best Buy and west of the Quaker Steak and Lube along Cabela Drive late last week, said Ohio County Commissioner Randy Wharton. Wharton, who is also president of the Ohio County Development Authority, confirmed the site is the location of a future Primanti Bros.
"We have made the transaction," Wharton said. "They expect to try and be open in time for football season. Construction should be finished in August or early September."
The facility will consist of 4,900 feet of indoor restaurant space and an 800-square-foot covered patio in the back. In total, Primanti Bros. will operate out of 5,700 square feet of space plus parking, according to Wharton.
Primanti Bros. is known for its signature sandwiches featuring meat, French fries, tomatoes and coleslaw piled between two thick slices of bread.
There are restaurant locations throughout Pittsburgh, including operations at Heinz Field, Consol Energy Center and PNC Park. Recently, Morgantown welcomed the first such restaurant in the state.
Primanti Bros. West Virginia-Wheeling LLC filed for a business license with the West Virginia Secretary of State's office Feb. 26, and later received approval. In its articles of organization, the company states it intends, "to operate a full-service restaurant and bar in Wheeling, W.Va.," though no specific location was listed. The restaurant will technically be located in Triadelphia.
Primanti Bros. Chief Financial Officer Scott Leya - listed in the documents as the organizer for the new company - could not be reached for comment Tuesday.