A pop-up Mexican restaurant is coming to Downtown State College


CENTER COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — Calling all taco and tequila lovers… a Mexican-themed pop-up restaurant is coming to Downtown State College.

Social Food + Drink, located inside the Scholar Hotel (205 E Beaver Ave, State College), is launching a new menu with a Tex-Mex twist.

“We’re going to have a great bar menu, lots of margarita options, which are quite popular, lots of tequila options,” said Gary Brandeis, president of the Scholar Hotel Group. “On the food side, we’ll be making fries and queso, guacamole, tacos, burritos and quesadillas.”

Brandeis said he was looking to fill the void left by the popular “Mad Mex” restaurant, which is a short walk from Social Food + Drink and closed permanently in November 2021.

“Serving great food and drink is our number one goal, and bringing more people in and hopefully giving them a place to have the same experience they had at Mad Mex,” Brandeis said. “We will try to do our best to replicate that.”

The pop-up opens on Friday February 18 and ends at the end of March.

“If this is successful, maybe we’ll make this permanent,” Brandeis said. “We also have outdoor options… that would be really good for the warmer months of April and May and certainly the summer.”

Social Food + Drink is open 7 days a week from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

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