Local eateries try catering to late-night crowds
If one thing is for sure, it’s that Indiana is filled with hungry college students after the clock strikes midnight on the weekends.
Some business owners in the area have figured out how to cater to this craving for some late-night grub — with walk-up windows outside of their restaurant.
“Since this is a college town, we knew we wanted to have late-night business,” said James Nagle, part owner of Bobs Sub in Indiana. When the restaurant moved in to its location at Philadelphia Street and South Taylor Avenue, it already had a window installed on the wall that faces Taylor Avenue.
Nagle said this is the only restaurant in the Bobs Sub chain that features the late-night window.
“Just because of the bars around it made sense,” he said. The window is right in the middle of downtown Indiana hot spots, adjacent to Al Patti’s bar, Wolfie’s a few doors down and Boom-erang’s across the street.
Late-night hours for the window only are from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. During these hours, Nagle said, the window sees “probably close to 100 or so people,” that have been walking the streets or are in the area in their groups of friends.
With the weather getting chilly as winter draws near, Bobs’ owners are installing a heater at the window — making it a warm place for late-nighters with the munchies.
Heading up Philadelphia Street, set in the middle of the 900 block, Italian Village Pizza has recently opened a late-night window with the same concept.
Italian Village’s window opened for late-night customers during Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s homecoming weekend earlier this month.
Gineen Letzo, manager of the restaurant, said they opened the window to “provide more options for the students and whoever comes out of the bars late at night.”
Italian Village offers a limited menu compared to their normal daytime hours, including pizza slices, fresh cut fries and cheese fries, pepperoni rolls and buffalo chicken rolls. The window is open from 11 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
Letzo said that homecoming weekend brought in a lot of business for the restaurant, and that the amount of customers that visit the late-night window continues to grow week after week. The window will remain open throughout the winter, he said.
PHOTO: Sam Schultz, a senior sociology major at IUP, served a sandwich late Friday night at Bob’s Sub along Philadelphia Street in Indiana.