South Pennsylvania Avenue is turning a new leaf with the amount of development occuring. Today, Realty Aspects Group, owned by Mike and Denise Villi, purchased 111-115 S. PA Ave, the former location of restaurant One Eleven.
The 3 story, 11,000 sqft building was built in 1910 and will be going through a major renovation over the next few months.
“The price was right and I thought Greensburg was becoming more thriving,” said Mike Villi, Realty Aspects Group owner. ” There’s an opportunity here and we’re thrilled to put more people to work, utilize local talent and create something new.”
Villi plans to completely redo the building with a first floor consisting of a cocktail bar and small plates, the second floor as a fine dining area and the third floor being an event space for up to 60 people. To get to the upper floors he plans on installing an elevator for easier access. They’re even looking into having valet parking for the customers.
They are planning on having all 3 floors renovated and ready for a September 2019 opening. They do not want to just open the first floor space and still have construction going on while the business is open. Most of the renovation will be happening during off hours or at night to reduce the amount of inconvenience for the other businesses on the street. They don’t anticipate any major issues during the construction process and are looking into local grants to help with the renovation costs.
“I look forward to this project and I think I can help set the pace of redevelopment in Greensburg,” Villi said. “We’re all in this together and there’s room for everyone, one business always enhances the other.”
Villi has been in business for himself all of his life and at least 20 years in Greensburg. He owns Norwin Messenger Service in North Huntingdon along with multiple commercial properties, many of which he has renovated. Though opening a restaurant is a new realm for him, he is hoping to bring in the right people to bring it together.
“You have to be a risk taker, a gambler, a visionary and have faith when you’re taking on something like this,” Villi said.
The restaurant concept is still in the works but they plan on sourcing locally as much as possible and hiring local talent. Since the building was built in 1910, they would love to include some of the history into the redevelopment and retail some of the historical features.
This project is one of 3 currently under development on S. Pa Avenue, joining the facade renovation on the corner of S. PA Ave and W. Pittsburgh St. and the transformation of 136 S. Pa Ave by City Cribs LLC.