Bobby Dale's owner plans new eatery
The owner of Bobby Dale's Restaurant & Lounge in Greensburg plans to open a new restaurant near Delmont, pending completion of a deal that would see an off-track betting site move into his current location.
Robert Pushic, owner of Bobby Dale's, said Wednesday he hopes to open the restaurant in June at a newly built location in Hollywood Square along Route 22 in Salem Township. The restaurant, which will be called The Boulevard, is being billed as "a classic American grill."
Pushic said he does not plan to operate a nightclub in connection with the restaurant, as he has done for about four decades. The new site is about half the size of his existing location, he said.
The plans for Pushic's new restaurant depend on the Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission's approval of Mountain Laurel Racing Association's application to convert Bobby Dale's into an off-track pari-mutuel betting parlor. Mountain Laurel Racing, a sister corporation of The Meadows harness racing track in Meadow Lands, Washington County, has received approval for the first phase of its application for an off-track betting site in the Greensburg Shopping Center along East Pittsburgh Street.
Drew Shubeck, general manager of MEC Pennsylvania Racing, parent firm of the racing companies, has said he hopes to reach an agreement to move into Bobby Dale's by mid-May and convert it into a betting parlor by mid-June.
Pushic applied last month to purchase an inactive liquor license from Greg Liprando, owner of the former G.M. Grand Lounge Inc., of Delmont, and use it for the Salem Township location at 6543 William Penn Highway, according to LCB spokeswoman Molly McGowan. Pushic applied for that inactive liquor license under the name of Grand Cents Inc., of Greensburg, which he incorporated in February.
An LCB spokeswoman said yesterday she did not know whether anyone had filed any objections to the license that Pushic seeks. Objections had to be filed within 30 days of the March 18 posting of the LCB notice in the storefront window.
For now, Pushic said he intends to keep his existing liquor license under the name Bobby Dale's. It may be placed in "safekeeping" for possible sale or reuse, he said.