Eatery to serve Italian fare, local brews

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP – The new restaurant opening soon in Springfield Township will feature Italian fare and local brews.

Palatos is expected to be ready for a late April or early May grand opening at 1923 Leesburg-Grove City Road, the building that used to house Elephant and Castle, which closed in December.

“It’s got good bones,” Daniel Stripp said of the structure, which includes a dozen hotel rooms.

Stripp, who handles operations for Cannon’s Chophouse, and Megan DeMaison, marketing coordinator, came together on Wednesday to share more details about the Palatos project. Both restaurants are backed by the same team.

The new restaurant will be close to Cannon’s, a steakhouse that is under construction on state Route 208 near Grove City Premium Outlets.

Palatos will offer a completely different menu and vibe than Cannon’s, and will serve local beers plus pizza, pasta, house-made soft pretzels, wings, sandwiches, and more.

The name of the restaurant is loosely based on the word “palate.”

Research showed that the area is missing a restaurant with a concept like Palatos, Stripp and DeMaison said.

“We’ll have a great bar menu,” DeMaison said.

It will seat about 185 people, and a crew is giving it a fresh coat of paint and updating the decor.

The family-friendly restaurant will be “whimsical, fun and relaxed” with happy hour and daily specials, she said.

“So much of that is wide open,” Stripp said.

There will be “create-your-own” meals, and the pizza dough will be made from scratch.

“We developed a pizza sauce we really like,” he said.

There has already been “lots of buzz” about both restaurants.

“This town markets itself,” Stripp said.

They’ve been meeting with former employees of Elephant and Castle to build their staff, and they’ll be holding more hiring events for Palatos, which might offer delivery.

Those interested in applying can visit the restaurant from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 9; and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 11. 

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