New restaurant offers auto theme and wings

Brianne Fleming, Copy Editor

The new Quaker Steak and Lube restaurant is open for business in the University Plaza along Scalp Avenue.

The grand opening was 3 p.m. last Wednesday, and many Richland customers have lined up ever since.

The car-themed restaunt features not only a motorcycle, jaguar, corvette, but also a light up stop light, gas station signs and a  working car lift.

Restaurant owner Ray Joll said Johnstown was a good place to open a new Quaker Steak and Lube because small businesses tend to do better in small towns.

“We hired about 130 people,” he said. “Most of the servers are part time and the managers, full-time.”

Joll said this resturaunt is smaller than other Quaker Steak and Lubes, measuring about 5,300 square feet, but said he  thinks it is going to do  well in the area.

“We have the best wings,” Joll said, adding that they won awards for their wing flavors at the National Buffalo Chicken Wing Festival in Buffalo, N.Y.

Joll also said chicken wing prices are at an all-time high, so wing prices may seem steep, but said they will be worth it.

Quaker Steak and Lube employee and Pitt-Johnstown student Amber Lopez said she has enjoyed the experience there so far.

“It’s just a really nice atmosphere,” she said. “You know that when you come in here, you’re going to be entertained.”

Lopez also said she enjoys the laid-back staff, her fellow employees, and that they provide good service to customers.

The new restaurant is to hold a special wing night beginning 5 p.m. on Tuesdays. This special includes all-you-can-eat-wings for $11.99.

With over 21 sauces, Quaker Steak and Lube offers a large variety, including an “atomic” sauce, barbeque and Cajun.

The menu also includes salads, wraps and sandwiches, along with a drink menue.

The “Lube Tube,” one of the specialties, is   which is filled with 100 ounces of beer.