101 South Allegheny Street Bellefonte, Pennsylvania 16823
Sean Burke and Dustin Smith
By Serge Bielanko
They used to say that apple pie was the truly American food. I always thought that was kind of dumb. No offense to the apples or to the pie makers either. Lord knows that I have been known to down three slices of my own brother's apple pie more than I even feel comfortable admitting in the free and open press. Apple pie is great and all, but c'mon, let's be real. No one eats more than a few slices a year. Which leads us right down the line to the next contender for the ultimate American food. And there can only be one logical choice, really.
Pizza? Well, we all love it, but it's not ours to begin with.
Hot dogs? Eh. Maybe once upon a time, but not anymore.
Vegan tofu nuggets? Uh...no.
It's the burger, man. It's that unstoppably beautiful creation that brings eternal smiles to the sun-splashed, ketchup-stained faces of our beloved children. And to our grandmothers. And to almost everyone in between as well. Stuck between two buns and laid out by a heaping pile of hot fries, the iconic hamburger isn't just a sandwich anymore. Oh no no. It's a veritable monument to our American life. Born up of our land, up out of the very dirt and grass that lies beneath our collective feet, the well-made hamburger is the only thing I can conjure up in my mind when I try to imagine exactly what America would be if it happen to fit snuggly in a brown paper bag.
The burger is part of our national identity. The hamburger is- I daresay- more American than apple pie ever was.
And so now this very exciting development. Bellefonte is finally getting its first temple of burgers. And man, are we ready.
State Burger Co. at 101 S Allegheny St., right smack dab in the center of town. Never before has there been a better gift for the foodies and food lovers of Centre County. Co-owners Sean Burke and Dustin Smith have been planning their opening for a long time, never quite sure when it would finally arrive. Until now that is. Because now all of that remodeling, and recipe testing, and searching for the perfect folks to staff the place with has finally paid off with the announcement of this week's grand opening.
This is a seriously unique restaurant to have landing here on the town square, too. State Burger Co. promises 'a custom burger experience' unlike anything in State College or anywhere within a really long drive. It's a place where you and me can pick our own meat, our own rolls, and our own toppings and sauces and cheeses. Then we sit back and wait for all of our delectable dreams to come true.
Fries? Oh heck yeah. And there's plenty of choices to be made in that department too. Thing is, State Burger Co. is absolutely NOT the place for the indecisive or the meek. This is the kind of place where you go when you want to eat with a creative edge, a place you can tap into that Burger Mastermind you always knew was hiding back in the shadows of your mad genius. And you want to know what might be the best part about all of this? It's wildly fun; it's joyous; heck, it's actually one of life's long lost pleasures: designing your hamburger and fries is, my friends, perhaps the most American idea I have ever heard of. And now it's entirely possible. Right up by the courthouse.
Oh and by the way, if you're not into burgers, no worries. State Burger Co. will also be offering us the chance to design our own veggie burgers, chcken, seafood and gluten-free dishes too. So there's something for everyone. Except maybe the die-hard apple pie people. But they've had their day in the sun.
It's the burger's turn now.
State Burger Co.
101 South Allegheny Street, Bellefonte, PA
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