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June 11, 2013

Press restaurant to open downtown

JOHNSTOWN — A Johnstown couple want to be part of a downtown revival envisioned for the city.

Jeremy and Jen Shearer will open Press restaurant next week in the Central Park Complex building at 110 Franklin St. on Central Park.

The restaurant’s name, Press, comes from its specialties, which include sandwiches and wraps toasted on an Italian-style panini press, along with coffee-based specialty drinks and, coming soon, wine.

Press will become the third new downtown eatery to open this year, joining R.J.’s Cafe & Lounge at 415 Main St. and Rocco’s Submarine Sandwiches at 345 Main St. 

“The long-range goal is to get people to come back downtown in the evening,” Jeremy Shearer said, adding that he plans to work with other downtown businesses.

“There is an opportunity to bring people down because there are more options.”

Press will concentrate on breakfast and lunch until the liquor license is approved later this summer.

“We will focus on serving people who are down here during the workday,” Jeremy Shearer said. “We won’t try to do high-end dinners, just good quick lunch: Fast, hot and good.”

“It will not be full service,” Jen Shearer said. “There will be no wait staff. You order at the counter.”

To speed things up for those on short lunch breaks, Press will offer online ordering at its website: www.pressbistro.com.

Jeremy and Jen Shearer each hold a bachelor’s degree in hospitality from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Jeremy also has a master’s degree in business administration and a doctorate in sociology.

“That actually helps with the bar business,” he said.

Press will be their second business. They also operate The Commerce Center Cafe in the former Penelec building at 1001 Broad St.

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