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Two new businesses announced for Franciscan Square

This summer, Franciscan Square will start showing the signs that it's becoming the business and community hub that developers hoped it would become. On Wednesday, two new businesses were announced by developer Franco Carapellotti.

This summer, Franciscan Square will start showing the signs that it's becoming the business and community hub that developers hoped it would become.

On Wednesday, two new businesses were announced by developer Franco Carapellotti.

“We do have two confirmed,” he said. “It will be Rubi's Pizza and Grill. It will be the same owners as Corrado's from the mall. They will be doing the same kind of style pizza shop with Strombolis, Italian food.

"Additionally, we will be opening the Brooklyn Bagel Company. It will be a New York-style bagel and breakfast sandwich shop. It will be a coffee shop also. We will have coffee from La Prima, the coffee shop in the (Pittsburgh) strip district."

They’re part of the two outparcels that will also host office space, a retailer, and eventually three more fast casual eateries. Until those are announced, the work continues to attract anchor brands for the site.

"We want to make sure we do it right the first time,” Carapellotti said. “We want to make sure we have tenants here for 10, 15, 20 years and beyond that and not just something we're replacing every 2 years.”

One of the features hoping to attract companies --the Astro Turf outdoor community space, managed by Franciscan University. And the hotel on site.

In the meantime, the crew at Corrado's Pizza is preparing to open a second Rubi’s Pizza location.

"We try to offer more opportunities, more jobs, you know here in Steubenville,” said Jose Cerqueda, owner, Corrado's.

"I plan to move down there with them and continue to work for them and look forward to serving the community," said Li Williamson, Corrado's employee.

A pizza slice, or a sliced bagel. It’s not a hard sell for folks in Jefferson County.

"If you put a restaurant here, people are going to support it. It's what we do. We eat,” Carapellotti said.

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