Jennie Geisler: Erie Donato's owner to open 2nd shop near Mercyhurst campus in November
Donato's,1535 W. Eighth St., open just shy of four years (officially Oct. 18), is getting a sibling in mid-November. Owner Christina Vogel is opening a second location at 861 E. 38th St., near Mercyhurst University.
"I'm excited and a little nervous," Vogel said, adding that she signed the lease in December before the pandemic, which slowed the buildout progress. She said the drywall is going in this week and the equipment is due the third week in October.
"Hopefully I can find enough employees," she said. "That's seems to be the problem for everybody."
She said anyone who's interested can find applications and a box to drop completed ones into at the new location, or apply online at https://www.donatos.com/careers.
The new restaurant will have a pickup window, like ones at drug stores, at which to pick up the food that's already been ordered.
"Customers cannot order there but they can pick up their orders without coming inside," Vogel said.