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Balance Restaurant Expansion

Balance Restaurant opened three years ago in Downtown Johnstown and in 2020 co-owners Amanda and Mike Artim took the chance to expand the business next door to the Old Mission Inn and created the Mission Inn Event Space. Now, Amanda and Mike plan to make a $1.2 Million investment to further grow the business.

With an increased demand in catering and customers constantly filling the already expanded restaurant, Amanda and Mike have purchased the three adjacent buildings to the Mission Inn Event Space. This second expansion will include the Vault Alehouse a more casual spot to grab a bite to eat, a large outdoor dining courtyard, banquet space for weddings and other large events with Airbnb’s above and a cigar bar as well as an expanded kitchen to handle catering.

“We really feel that this community wants to embrace new ideas and new things and we want to be a part of that we don’t want to be anywhere else. We love downtown we love who have become and we’re incredibly proud,” said Balance Restaurant co-owner Amanda Artim.

The second expansion will happen in three phases and the hope is that the first phase, which will include the Vault Alehouse will be done by the Fall. With the full expansion, the plan is for the area to become Balance Main Street Plaza. Amanda and Mike hope their investment in Downtown will encourage others to open restaurants and other shops in the area too.

“They’ve really changed the complexion of this part of downtown and added vibrancy and life to it and I really believe as people see them grow and expand it inspires others, and I think it’s going to be a game changer,” said Amy Bradley the President and CEO of the Cambria County Chamber of Commerce.

Taking this leap to invest even more in the city is something Amanda and Mike say has only been made possible with the continued support they’ve received from the community.

“We’re going all in on downtown Johnstown and the community has supported us tremendously we wouldn’t have even thought to have done this without the support of the community so we’re excited to be part of the rebirth of Johnstown,” said Balance Restaurant co-owner Mike Artim.

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