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Saturday, June 28, 2014

news from the Hollow

The Hollow isn't sleepy anymore.

On Friday, the Steel Wheel Grill at the Hollow will reopen at the site of the defunct Hollow Tavern along Route 30.

Chris and Jessica Beam of Latrobe said they want to restore the former hub alongside Loyalhanna Creek, which was heavily damaged in a 2008 fire, to its former glory.

“It used to be known for good food, good entertainment and just like the saying, ‘Where good friends meet.' That's what we want to bring it back to,” said Chris Beam, 36.

“We want to make it rock like it used to,” said Jessica Beam, 31.

The outdoor patio area is slated for a soft opening at 11 a.m. Friday, when Beam will cook Southern-style smoked meats and grilled and barbecued dishes. In addition, Italian-American food will be served Wednesdays through Sundays.

The building's interior is under construction. Jessica Beam said they hope to open the first-floor bar and restaurant in September.

The building, constructed in the 1930s, has housed a campground, hotdog stand, gas station, bed and breakfast and, most recently, a restaurant and bar.