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Yumzio Bistro opens in former Mister Bones building in Greensburg

November 12, 2018

The former Mister Bones building on North Main Street in Greensburg didn’t remain vacant for long.

Taylor Kalasky, 22, opened Yumzio Bistro there this month.

The restaurant specializes in homemade breakfast food, soups, sandwiches and wraps.

“I just wanted to keep it simple, but also feed Greensburg,” Kalasky said.

Greensburg Market, the convenience store that previously occupied the building, was open just two months before it closed in July.

Before that, Mister Bones spent 16 years there, closing at the end of 2017.

One element of Mister Bones lives on at Yumzio -- the famous turkey cranberry sandwich.

Kalasky said Mister Bones’ original proprietor, Barry DeBone, who still owns the building, gave her the recipe when she moved in. Adding it to the menu proved a good business decision.

“Probably 80 percent of people who come in here ask about that sandwich,” Kalasky said.

Kalasky has a degree in culinary arts and hospitality from Westmoreland County Community College.

After college she worked at Elegant Catering in Youngwood, but her dream was to open her own restaurant.

She’d been saving money for years, and when she heard the North Main Street property was vacant she went for it.

“I decided I wanted to branch out and do something for myself,” she said.

Her Greensburg-area friends often complained there weren’t enough good breakfast places in town, particularly ones with adequate parking, she said. These gripes inspired the menu at Yumzio.

Kalasky said she plans to keep costs down and grow slowly, so as not to go the way of the building’s previous tenants.

Lots of people have been coming in asking if she’s hiring, but she has just one employee and plans to keep it that way for a while. The menu is simple, though Kalasky said she plans to expand it gradually as business picks up.

Yumzio Bistro is closed Wednesdays and Saturdays. It is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the remaining days.

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