Relocation Leaves A Void But Not A Canyon In Students’ Hearts
Although only 250 feet separate the old and new Canyon Pizza locations on Beaver Ave, Penn State culture experienced a shift on Thursday. The longtime beloved stop for drunken students re-opened at the former home of Canyon Wings, which has since relocated two doors down to where the Penn State Sub Shop’s sign still hangs.
Now located on Beaver Ave. between McAllister Alley and McAllister Street, Canyon Pizza moved after 15 years because its old building will be knocked down and replaced with either housing or apartments in the near future.
Penn State students, alumni, and casual visitors alike did not take this lightly.
Just heard this crushing canyon pizza news. My thoughts go out to all the people that are gonna have drunk autopilot set for the old bldg
— sure, the eagles (@arealgdtime) September 25, 2016
Canyon Pizza is moving across the street and I am not happy about it.
— Emma Schmeidler (@EmmaSchmeidler) September 28, 2016
I didn’t even go to penn state and I’m upset about canyon pizza moving locations
— KJ (@k_james1231) September 26, 2016
Because the old location was just a block away from the White Loop stop and across the street from three different apartment buildings, students have cited convenience as a common concern. In reality, there should not be too much of a difference in accessibility.
“Canyon used to be right across the street from my apartment so it was really convenient,” senior Michael O’Neill said as he waited in line for his first slice of $1 pizza at the new location. “But that doesn’t change the fact that I’m still going to keep coming here.”
“I don’t think traffic will change much,” Canyon cook Dillon McKee said. “Maybe because the Brewery is right here there will be more, but traffic should stay the same mostly.”
What may be different about the new Canyon though will be the experience, a staple in Penn State student life during the wee hours of the morning.
Due to its small size and narrow sidewalk, the new location has traded the character of the signature blue (often sticky) picnic tables that the former location had for standard pizza shop booths, which Canyon hopes to remove entirely to maximize space once the transition is fully made.
Despite these changes, Canyon is still Canyon. Cheap prices and vats of sauces remain constants. This weekend, expect the same type of traffic as seen in the Tweet below, albeit 250 feet to the west: