New Soup-and-Salad Place Coming to State College

After months of planning, Marya, David, and Jack Schoenholtz are ready for their newest downtown restaurant to be up and running.

It’s not their first time around the block, so to speak—back in 1993, the trio opened up Irving’s in a storefront at 131 W. Beaver Ave, where they operated for a number of years before transitioning their popular bakery and cafe to the location across from Old Main that most students know it by today. In its place at original Beaver Ave location, the Schoenholtz family opened, and then sold, another establishment built on serving healthy food sourced locally, Green Bowl.

Now the three are back at it with a new venture, according to Marya Schoenoltz, whom I caught up with recently in Irving’s (full disclosure: I used to work at Irving’s making sandwiches and Irving’s was one of Onward State’s first advertisers).

The storefront at 134 W. College Ave formerly occupied by Chocolate Madness will soon be home to Fiddlehead. Named after a fern (“We wanted something whimsical, yet sophisticated,” said Marya), Fiddlehead is going to be a soup-and-salad restaurant with a focus on fresh ingredients, large serving sizes, and overall sustainability. The salads, served in environmentally-friendly packaging, will be create your own with a number of ingredients and dressings to choose from. Plus, there will be gelato!

The restaurant is set to open later next month, depending on when renovations are completed.

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