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HiWay Pizza To Reopen Downtown After Closing Of Inferno

It’s not a new kid on the block, but rather, more of an old friend

The soon-to-be former location of Inferno Brick Oven Pizza will return to its roots and rebrand as HiWay Pizza Pub during a transition that will take place over the next few weeks.

Dante’s Restaurants and Nightlife, which owns both restaurants as well as The Deli and Z Bar, Liberty Craft House, and Saloon, announced HiWay’s return Monday.

“All things old are often new again and so now has come the time for Inferno to take a bow and allow HiWay Pizza Pub to once again carry our pizza banner downtown,” Dante’s director J.P. Mills said in a release.

Known for its flaky crusts and homemade sauce, HiWay Pizza had been a mainstay downtown for 56 years until Inferno opened in its place in 2008. The downtown location will be the third one to open in State College, in addition to storefronts on North Atherton and West College.

Founder Andy Zangrilli opened the first State College location in 1963 on the Hiester Street side of the same building, before it moved to the current site of Inferno in 1976.

Plenty of longtime favorites like the flaky crust vodka pizza will be on the menu when HiWay opens its doors for the first time in more than a decade, but other options including artisan pies, burgers, and ice cream sodas.

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Anthony Colucci was once Onward State’s managing editor and preferred walk-on honors student who majored 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. If you want to hear the story or are bored and want to share prequel memes, follow @_anthonycolucci on Twitter or email him at [email protected] All other requests and complaints should be directed to Onward State media contact emeritus Steve Connelly.

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