Villa II

Villa II is expected to open along Philadelphia Street in Indiana sometime in April.

The owners of a new downtown Indiana restaurant are hoping to open next month.

“We’re thinking we’ll be open by mid-April,” Jeff Marshall said earlier this week.

The Villa II is an off-shoot of the Villa Pub & Grill, which Marshall and his wife, Rebecca, co-own and operate along Old William Penn Highway in Blairsville.

The new restaurant will be located at 720 Philadelphia St., the site of a former Mexican eatery, Silvia’s Tacos, which was short-lived.

Rebecca said Villa II will feature a number of eat-in or take-out items on its scaled-down menu, but said no alcohol will be served at the location.

“Our plan is to offer the same Jioio’s pizza of Latrobe that we serve at the Villa Pub & Grill, our traditional Villa pizza as well, our wings, subs, salads, etc.,” she said.

“We will also be making available a selection of sweets from our (Blairsville) bakery, Market Street Pastries.”

Jeff said he and his wife have always had an eye on opening a restaurant in Indiana, where they hope to attract business people from the community, as well as Indiana University of Pennsylvania students.

“We have had the Villa in Blairsville for 13 years and we always looked at Indiana as a possible location for another restaurant,” Jeff Marshall said. “A storefront became available. It was a good thing and we jumped on it.”

The Marshalls initially began renovating the property, which they are leasing, back in the fall.

Jeff said there have been a few hang-ups along the way, delaying the opening.

“We have had a couple different things push us back, plus we had some bad winter weather that didn’t help,” he said. “We have been doing some painting and cleaning inside and putting in some new lighting.

“But it’s pretty much ready to go now. We just have some equipment still coming in and the delivery of some walk-in coolers has been pushed back to March 20.”

Villa II recently began advertising for line cooks, counter workers and delivery drivers by posting a sign on the front window of the business, between Kim Moon and the Artists Hand Gallery.

Ron Musselman is an award-winning writer who covers sports and news for The Indiana Gazette.