[OS] – After weeks of speculation, multiple sources have confirmed to Onward State that the Gingerbread Man will close its doors this summer to make way for the iconic Pittsburgh sandwich shop and bar franchise Primanti Bros. G-Man has fired most of its non-salaried staff and plans to close after Arts Fest, sources say. The decision to close is multifaceted; G-Man is currently operating on a conditional liquor license agreement due to its nine violations in five years. Three employees, including two board members of Hat Trick Group Inc., G-Man’s ownership group, have been convicted of harassment over the last several years for incidences involving bar patrons. Primantis had made multiple offers in the past to buy out the establishment, and it looks the money finally became worth more than the recent trouble.
Couldn’t have scripted a worse way for Gman to go out. A sandwich shop from Pittsburgh? And I’m not even one of those people that hates Pittsburgh with everything I have. But, what is incredibly annoying, is all of the Pittsburgh kids going nuts on social media like they just won some kind of war against Philly. The “First Sheetz, now Primantis – 412 taking over State College” stuff is annoying as hell. Taking pride in sandwich shops and gas stations… classic Pittsburgh. Grow up, Peter Pan.
But anyway, back to Gman. Selfishly, I’m a little excited that my class is the last class to fully be able to enjoy Gman in all of its $2 drinks/$3 dinner glory. The new dinner specials they had this year legitimately were the only reason I ate during senior week. Sneaky the best deal in State College. But that also means that I won’t be able to come back and crush mind erasers next year, which is devastating. (Side note – are mind erasers a real thing at other bars? Is that just a gman thing? I can honestly say that I have never seen anyone drink/order a mind eraser at any bar other than Gman) Really just a horrible day all around and a HUGE blow to the State College bar scene. I guess the Den and Pickles are the new go-to’s? Who knows.
Be sure to take some time out of your day today and pour some out for our man Johnny Gingerbread. For one last time, bring us home, Billy.