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Two new restaurants open in Franciscan Square

The newest food businesses in Steubenville – along with a new traffic intersection - have opened along University Boulevard in Franciscan Square.

The newest food businesses in Steubenville – along with a new traffic intersection - have opened along University Boulevard in Franciscan Square.

These two new food shops are bringing New York flavor to Steubenville: Rubi's Pizza and Brooklyn Bagel Company.

Both shops in the square are feeling things out during a soft-open trial phase, but are already offering a full menu for customers, and they're already winning fans.

"I had some studying to do for midterms this week and it's a nice little getaway from campus. It's pretty close. And it's been great: quick service, really good food,” said Franciscan University student Therese Burnham. “So I got the Brooklyn bagel sandwich. It was delicious and really hot... and then I also got an Americano, which was very smooth and very pleasurable to drink."

Some high school athletes are also drawn to Brooklyn Bagel Company.

"I definitely recommend it,” said Steubenville Big Red Tennis player Connor Yoho.

Bagels, butter, coffee and cheese are prime recovery fuel.

"We just got done with conditioning and we just wanted to check it out,” said Big Red Tennis player Charly Sloane. “It's a new innovation to our city and we figured it would be pretty popular. And a lot of reviews are great so far from friends who've come here."

"I’ll definitely be back here,” said Big Red Tennis player Orlando Schiappa. “I'm sure more of our team will be checking it out, too. I'll definitely tell them about it."

Local folks are running Rubi's Pizza shop. They're borrowing their Brooklyn-style recipes from their Corrado's Pizza Shop in the mall. Rubi's is open, but will hold a grand opening celebration the week of March 18.

The other anchor business slated for Franciscan Square, Bennigan's Irish Pub and Restaurant, is scheduled to open in July.

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