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Latrobe restaurants count down to Steelers training camp at St. Vincent

| Friday, July 14, 2017, 11:36 a.m.
John Huemmy, owner of Sharky's Cafe in Latrobe
Emma Curtis | Tribune-Review
John Huemmy, owner of Sharky's Cafe in Latrobe
Steelers helmets are lined up before a training camp practice Aug. 9, 2016, at St. Vincent in Latrobe.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Steelers helmets are lined up before a training camp practice Aug. 9, 2016, at St. Vincent in Latrobe.

In less than two weeks John Huemmy's restaurant business will be back in the embrace of financial security.

Football fans will begin pouring into nearby St. Vincent College in Latrobe to attend Steelers training camp, and many of them will stop by Sharky's Cafe on Route 30 to grab chicken wings, fish tacos or the Roethlisburger, a limited-run sandwich.

"Training camp sets us apart and sets us financially for the rest of the year into next year — just by (the camp) alone," Huemmy said Friday. "I know that it does that for a lot of the service industries in the area."

Steelers equipment managers began preparing for camp Friday, setting up locker rooms and storage rooms around campus.

Stacie Molina, who co-owns Touchdown Club II, a restaurant at the intersection of Theatre Street and Route 30, said she looks forward to training camp every year.

"Training camp brings out a lot of local people that really don't go out, maybe in the hopes of catching a glimpse of, you know, Big Ben," she said.

Key dates

• Players report to St. Vincent on July 27.

• The first practice open to the public will be at 2:55 p.m. July 28.

• The annual night practice at Latrobe Memorial Stadium is 7 p.m. Aug. 4, and an evening practice at Heinz Field will be Aug. 6 at a time to be determined.

• Here's a full training camp schedule .

Steelers equipment managers gave Steelers Nation a behind-the-scenes look at the preparations on Twitter Friday morning:

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