Frankie I’s reopens in North Strabane

August 13, 2014

Two and a half years after a devastating fire, Frankie I’s is going full blazes again.

The popular bar/restaurant reopened Monday evening at its previous location, 1180 Maplewood Drive in North Strabane Township – a short touchdown pass from Route 19. The 5 p.m. relaunch was long awaited.

A kitchen fire Jan. 26, 2012, destroyed Frankie I’s Bar and Grille, which had been converted from a 100-year-old barn. More than a year ago, the owner, Frank Iannarelli, was forecasting a fall 2013 reopening, but paperwork processes and construction delays pushed that back.

A posting on the business’s Facebook page said: “Thank you for all your support, kind words and patience. Come on and check out the new digs, we hope you will all love it. Say hi to old faces and new ones too. Can’t wait to see everyone.”

Iannarelli could not be reached. For more information, call 724-743-3636 or visit

Old Mill happenings

One Old Mill tenant announced a launch date and another advanced toward one this week.

Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar will have a grand opening at 10 a.m. Sept. 8 at 50 Old Mill Boulevard.

Tuesday night, the South Strabane Township supervisors voted 5-0 in favor of a liquor license transfer for Ichiban Hibachi Steakhouse. The license has to come from a business, usually defunct, that had operated in another Washington County municipality.

South Strabane manager John Stickle said he did not know the identity of the former lease-holder or where it was located.

Ichiban, pointing toward a September opening at 16 Old Mill Boulevard, is the eighth business planning to being operations in upcoming months at the site of the former Foundry. Seasonal appearance

Spirit Halloween, a seasonal store specializing in – surprise – Halloween, will be opening in Peters Township. It will occupy space in the former Colonial Modern furniture store at 2917 Washington Road.

Spirit Halloween could not be reached.

It deals in adult and children’s costumes plus decorations and accessories related to the Oct. 31 holiday. It is owned by Spencer Gifts LLC, headquartered in Egg Harbor Township, N.J.

On the move

• Rettew, a Lancaster-based engineering design firm, has hired Doug Jena of Hanover Township as a resident project representative at its Pittsburgh office. He is in the civil and municipal engineering group, working primarily in the energy industry.

• Valerie Dunlap, senior economics major at Washington & Jefferson College, has been a finance intern in Germany this summer for Kennametal Inc., supplier of tooling and industrial materials. Kennametal’s headquarters are in Unity Township, Westmoreland County, near Dunlap’s hometown of Latrobe.

Rick Shrum joined the Observer-Reporter as a reporter in 2012, after serving as a section editor, sports reporter and copy editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Rick has won seven individual writing awards, including two Golden Quills.

View More from this Author



blog comments powered by Disqus