Penn State news by
Penn State's student blog



Primanti Bros. to Replace G-Man

Penn State bros everywhere suffer a major loss today. After weeks of speculation, multiple sources have confirmed to Onward State that the Gingerbread Man will close its doors this summer to make way for the iconic Pittsburgh sandwich shop and bar franchise Primanti Bros.

G-Man has fired most of its non-salaried staff and plans to close after Arts Fest, sources say. The decision to close is multifaceted; G-Man is currently operating on a conditional liquor license agreement due to its nine violations in five years. Three employees, including two board members of Hat Trick Group Inc., G-Man’s ownership group, have been convicted of harassment over the last several years for incidences involving bar patrons. Primantis had made multiple offers in the past to buy out the establishment, and it looks the money finally became worth more than the recent trouble.

While the fraternity bar scene might need to find a new home, the Penn State yinzer base is undoubtedly excited about the news. The Primanti Bros. sandwich is to Pittsburgh as the cheesesteak is to Philadelphia. Primantis serves pizza, wings, and other bar food, but it is best known for its “Almost Famous” sandwich, which includes your choice of meat topped off with generous servings of coleslaw and french fries.

Primantis doubles as a formidable sports bar, with lots of beer and happy hour specials. Like G-Man has done in the past, Primantis will apply for an outdoor patio seating area for those warm summer days.

No word yet on the hours for Primantis. While some Primantis are open 24 hours, the restaurant operated near the West Virginia University campus — which is probably a good guess for comparison’s sake — is open from 11 a.m. until midnight Sunday-Thursday and 2 a.m. on Friday-Sunday.

Multiple requests for comment to G-Man owner Scott Balboni were not returned. Representatives from Primanti Bros. declined comment.

(UPDATE 6:05 p.m.) Within the last 24 hours, since the last time I visited G-Man to work on this story, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board posted a public notice on the door announcing the transfer of the liquor license from Hat Trick Group Inc. to Primanti Corporation, effective June 20. Still no word yet on when Primantis expects to open, although G-Man was still operating on its normal schedule today.

photo (16)

Your ad blocker is on.

Please choose an option below.

Sign up for our e-mail newsletter:
Support quality journalism:
Purchase a Subscription!

About the Author

Kevin Horne

Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014 and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus, which is a fake title he made up. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is also the president of the graduate student government. Email: [email protected]

‘The Comm Entrepreneur’: Penn State Alumna Discusses Business, Grit, & The Relentless Pursuit Of Passion

A voice above the crowd, Stephanie Shirley shares her perspective as a lifelong entrepreneur.

Dunkin’ To Open South Garner Street Location

An employee confirmed that the Dunkin’ at 200 W. College Ave. will continue normal operations alongside the new South Garner Street location.

Thirteen Nittany Lions To Compete At NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships

The 13 student-athletes traveling to this season’s championships mark the largest showing of Nittany Lions since 2017.

Follow on Another Platform
Other posts by Kevin

Hometown Brewery Releases Beer Honoring Evan Pugh

Penn State’s first president Evan Pugh was born in 1828 at Jordan Bank Farm, three miles south of the city center of Oxford, Pennsylvania, an hour west of Philadelphia in Chester County. One-hundred eighty-nine years later, an Oxford brewery is honoring one of the preeminent champions of “liberal and practical” higher education in the form of a delicious Porter.

Penn State Basketball Downs Colgate 72-59 In Front of Thanksgiving Eve Crowd

Why Honoring Paterno Still Matters