The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Editorials

November 19, 2013

Cookin’ up something special in Johnstown

JOHNSTOWN — Imagine bowling a few games in downtown Johnstown, sitting down to a delicious chicken dinner, shopping for some antiques, attending an event at a reception hall and spending the night at a bed and breakfast in one of the city’s most historic buildings.

Now imagine doing all of that in the same location.

That could be a reality if Dwayne Folta is able to restore the William Horace Rose House and carry through on all of his plans for it. Folta’s family, which owns Our Sons’ Restaurant, recently purchased the Romanesque structure, located at 229 Main St., from Knights of Columbus Council 467. Our Sons’ Banquet & Catering has already been able to make use of the reception hall, but there is still plenty of work to be done on other parts of the building, where water-damaged walls, deteriorating window frames, dirty floors and boxes stacked throughout the structure make it hard for some of us to see its potential.

Not so for Folta, who is a bit of a visionary.

“I look past all of that,” he told reporter Dave Sutor. “I see what it can be. I see through all the boxes and stuff and everything that sat around. I see beyond all that.”

Johnstown needs more folks like Folta – people who have an idea about how to turn a negative into a positive. If Folta can indeed turn his dream into a reality, it will not only be good for business. It will be great for the city and its people.

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