AlliedNews.com - Grove City, Pennsylvania

Local News

September 25, 2013

Restaurant to re-open as Sleggels

Owner: Name is a palindrome

FINDLEY — Anyone who has recently driven past the former Benjamin's restaurant just outside of Mercer can't help but notice the building is coming to life after sitting empty for about two years.

"It will be getting a much-needed facelift," said new owner Jason Slagle, who recently closed on the property at 787 Mercer-Grove City Road, Findley Township.

If all goes as planned, the restaurant will re-open around Nov. 1 under a new name: Sleggels.

"I made it a palindrome," he said of how it's spelled the same backward and forward.

Slagle, a 1994 graduate of Grove City High School and father of three, bought the building earlier this year at a sheriff's sale; the previous owner went bankrupt.

"It was a shocker to the community. It was a popular place," he said, adding he'll bring back the casual, family-friendly atmosphere that made Benjamin's a great place.

He kept that in mind - how diners missed the restaurant - while driving past the property almost every day from his Jefferson Township home to his job in Grove City at RMS Systems Inc., which is housed in the former armory building on Erie Street.

His father Richard started that business about 25 years ago; RMS builds custom electronics for coal-mining equipment and the younger Slagle has worked there for about 20 years.

Slagle has also operated residential rental properties in the area, but running a restaurant is a new business venture that he's excited to try, and the enthusiasm is spreading throughout the community and on Facebook, where a photo of the "sold" sign in front of the property is circulating.

"I have people stopping constantly," he said of passers-by pulling off of state Route 58 to ask for an update and congratulate him on buying the restaurant, which will seat about 130.

And some of those people were regulars at Benjamin's, so Slagle can't wait to open for business.

"It's almost overwhelming, it's been so great," he said of the response.

The menu at Sleggels will be very similar to what was served at Benjamin's - steak, burgers, seafood and sandwiches - and Slagle said he's already hired a head chef and bartender.

He's going to keep the structure of the building the same and will be buying new equipment, tables and chairs, but everything, inside and out, will be getting a makeover.

Slagle declined to share details of exactly how Sleggels will look, saying he'd rather keep it under wraps until the grand opening.

"People are just going to have to wait and see," he said with a smile.

Published Aug. 31, 2013, in Allied News. Pick up a copy at 201 A Erie St., Grove City.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • IDC speaker Route 208 area keeps growing

    The Route 208 corridor that encompasses Grove City and Pine and Springfield townships was the main focus at Friday’s annual meeting of the 79-80 Interstate Development Corp., its members learning more about current and potential projects.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Drilling permits, 14 violations recorded

    Fourteen violations and multiple permits for gas and oil drilling were issued over the past month, according to records detailing activities in and around the Allied News coverage area.

    April 18, 2014

  • Winter's chilling cost

    Grove City Borough Council will be considering options to pass along a $200,000 electric bill to residents – maybe.

    April 18, 2014

  • pryts,monica-headshot.jpg Allied coverage wins 2 press awards

    Allied News and The Herald garnered awards in the annual Keystone Press Awards, sponsored by the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • grilling organic chicken.jpg Connections made for the future of local foods

    Representatives of Sustainable Slippery Rock and the Northwest Pennsylvania Growers Cooperative, along with community members, came together Wednesday night to exchange ideas about area food systems and raise awareness of local sustainability.

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • holocaust speaker1.jpg Finding good in the darkest time

    Paul Bartrop works hard to find the good - accounts of heroism and selfless acts - in one of the most evil events known to mankind: the Holocaust.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • College to raze old middle school

    At 101 years old, the former Grove City Middle School will soon be razed.
    Last summer, Grove City College purchased the middle school at 130 E. Main St. from Grove City Area School District. It was built in 1913.

    April 16, 2014

  • Board sets calendar, make-up days

    Slippery Rock school directors on Monday set the calendar for the 2014-15 school year and scheduled the remaining two snow make-up days for students.

    April 16, 2014

  • goalball trio2.jpg Sports group serves blind, visually impaired

    A non-profit organization based at Slippery Rock University that serves blind and visually-impaired children is gearing up for its spring sports clinic, among other events and fundraisers that keep participants and organizers busy year-round.

    April 2, 2014 2 Photos

  • girl scouts2.jpg Sold!

    Sold!

    April 1, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide