PSU news by
Penn State's student blog



Skeller Replacement Doggie’s Rathskeller and Garden To Open In Time For Arts Fest

Photo by Morton Lin

When the replacement to the All-American Rathskeller on South Pugh Street opens under new management later this summer, it will pay tribute to the legacy of the iconic location with a new name and some of its memorable features. 

Owners Tom and Kelley Trosko told Centre Daily Times the reopened bar will be called Doggie’s Rathskeller and Garden, in homage to important pieces of the property’s history. The new Skeller will open before Arts Fest, although the Troskos have yet to announce a specific date.

The new name references C.C. “Doggie” Alexander, who purchased the Green Room’s bar in 1933 and eventually rebranded it The All-American Rathskeller, which the location was called it closed in January. Alexander ran the bar for 35 years before selling it to Dean Smith.

The Troskos are also planning to bring back garden seating on the patio outside the bar — an amenity Alexander introduced in the 1930s. The garden portion is expected to open at a later date this fall.

Centre Daily Times also reported the original booths and signatures on the walls from the All-American Rathskeller will be in tact when patrons enter the new bar. The booths had been removed after the Gastigers left the property but seem to have been returned.

Photos: Morton Lin, Save the Skeller Facebook Page

A complaint by the Herlochers after the Skeller originally closed in January previously contended that Duke and Monica Gastiger, the previous owners of the bar had “removed fixtures of the property, including but not limited to tables which were anchored to the floor, booths and other items permanently affixed to the property which existed at the time the defendants entered into leases with the prior owners.” The Troskos also posted on their Facebook page on February 2 that the previous owners had “been gutted by the current tenant.”

The Gastigers claimed they had only removed personal property, not fixtures.

About the Author

Anthony Colucci

Anthony Colucci is Onward State’s Social Media Manager, a preferred walk-on honors student, and a junior majoring in psychology and public relations. Despite being from the make-believe land of Central Jersey, he was never a Rutgers fan. If you ever want to know how good Saquon Barkley's ball security is, ask Anthony what happened when he tried to force a fumble at the Mifflin Streak. Feel free to follow @_anthonycolucci on Twitter and email him at [email protected] to hear the story or if you’re bored and want to chat.


More by Anthony

Make Me Like Saquon: Barkley Jersey Appears At Running Of The Bulls

The real-life Calvin Cambridge used Saquon Barkley’s breakaway speed and first-rate agility to survive the Running of the Bulls.

Doggie’s Rathskeller Announces Arts Fest Opening

Don’t Like Penn State Student Ticket Policies? Change Them.


Reports: Tony Carr To Begin Professional Career In Italy

Tony Carr might have to wait a little longer than he had hoped to make his NBA debut.

Penn State Hockey’s Aarne Talvitie Showcases At Devils Development Camp

Penn State Hoops Releases 2018-19 Non-Conference Schedule

Forward Abdou Tsimbila Commits To Penn State Hoops

Penn State Volleyball Trio Representing U.S. At Pan-American Cup

Student Life

Penn State Student Dies Of Allergic Reaction To Peanuts

Max McGlinchey had just finished his freshman year studying finance.

Freshman 101: On-Campus Life

Student Farm To Commemorate Summer Solstice With Second Annual Celebration

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Indigo Closes, Future Plans For Nightclub Space Await

Indigo Nightclub announced that it would be closing following Arts Fest, but it doesn’t sound like the Hotel State College bar space would be empty for long

Playa Bowls To Open State College Location

Famous on the Jersey Shore for its brightly colored bowls and smoothies, Playa Bowls’ menu includes everything from açai and pitaya bowls to fresh juices.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Doggie’s Rathskeller And Garden Opens With Hopes Of Returning To Its Roots

The All-American Rathskeller is no more and Doggie’s Rathskeller and Garden is officially in business — opening with its “sneak peak” at the new bar Thursday afternoon in time for Arts Fest.

Send this to a friend