Frank Lombardo (left) and Alan Flynn pose for a photo while discussing the future of Lombardo’s restaurant in Richland Township. Photo by Randy Griffith/The Tribune-Democrat, Johnstown, PA.

A Johnstown culinary tradition will be forever changed Aug. 25 when Lombardo’s restaurant closes for the last time.

But Alan Flynn hopes to pick up the torch when he reopens the popular eatery as Alan’s Restaurant and Lounge.

“We’ve been very fortunate and blessed throughout these years,” Frank Lombardo – a native of Italy – said at the 935 Scalp Ave. restaurant. “Now it’s time to retire and pass the tradition to somebody else.”

Flynn expects to make only a few changes to the cuisine, decor and ambiance.

“I plan not to shake anything up,” Flynn said. “Frank has a well-established business.”

A lifelong Johnstown area resident, Flynn was facilities manager at the former Penn National Gaming Inc.

He began his food service management at the former Bethlehem Steel Management Club in Southmont.

The restaurant will be the first business Flynn has owned. “It’s something I always wanted to do,” he said.

Lombardo’s location and established customer base attracted him, Flynn said, noting the restaurant offers fine dining and “something for everybody.”

Flynn operates the restaurant under a lease from East Hills Commons LLC, which purchased the property from Lombardo and his wife, Phyllis.

The purchase price was $520,000, according to the deed filed July 17.

East Hills Commons is owned by Lou Mihalko and Jim Vasilko.

“I think it’s the best location in the world,” Lombardo said, noting that customers have supported the restaurant since it opened in 1981. Previously, Lombardo operated Spaghetti Town USA along Graham Avenue in Windber.

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