The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

August 21, 2013

Where two new local eateries will be opening this week

Randy Griffith

— Two high-profile restaurant locations are back in business.

Asiago’s Tuscan Italian reopened Tuesday, by reservation only, in the former City View Bar & Grill location atop the Johnstown Inclined Plane.

Meanwhile, Cal and Dot’s Rock and Country Grill at the John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport is planning a grand opening event for Sept. 6, but will actually start serving customers within a few days.

“We’ll have a ‘soft’ opening before the grand opening,” co-owner Galen Blough said at the restaurant Tuesday.

Both restaurant buildings are owned by Cambria County and managed by county authorities: Cambria County Transit Authority and the Johnstown-Cambria County Airport Authority.

The airport authority discussed several remaining concerns about Cal and Dot’s operation at its meeting Tuesday.

Authority member and Cambria County Commissioner Douglas Lengenfelder asked what can be done to prevent debris from blowing out onto the airfield from the restaurant’s new patio dining area.

Maintenance supervisor Josh Keyser said the wind generally comes off the airfield toward the terminal, adding that his crews will monitor the debris issue after the restaurant opens and install netting or Plexiglas, if needed.

Randall Rodkey, the authority’s acting solicitor, told the board the restaurant liquor license has been approved.

Asiago’s has not received its liquor license for the Inclined Plane location, co-owner Rick McQuaide said. That’s why the new eatery has not set a date for its grand opening.

“I expect to receive it by the end of the month,” he said. “But no one will tell you when you call.”

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