18 July 2019

Fat Angelo's Pizzeria receives assistance from GCIDA to open its doors

WAYNESBURG, PA – There is a bustle of conversation about activity at the Morrisville entrance to Waynesburg, and it is with good reason – it’s the location for the recently opened Fat Angelo’s Pizzeria.   

The site, which has high visibility from both High and Greene Streets and provides a fresh new look to its location, is now officially open for business. For Thomas Richards, Debra Cochrane and Chaz Grooms, this is their seventh casual retail food venture that they have established in the region.  

Fat Angelo’s offers sit-down, take-out and delivery lunches and dinners providing quality food at a great price, seven days a week. Even though they are known for their fresh dough pizzas, Fat Angelo’s also offers a variety of fresh hand-tossed salads, hoagies, Italian pastas, assorted seasoned chicken wings and desserts.    

Fat Angelo’s has built a reputation for good food and great service by employing dedicated workers. Richards, Cochrane and Groom are committed to giving back to the community through unique workforce practices and by honoring our country’s veterans.    

Combat Wounded Warriors’ customers will soon find a specially-designated parking space dedicated to their service with a placard of “We are proud to honor our wounded warriors as special heroes.”   

Also, Fat Angelo’s gives back by including in their hiring practices qualified local, dependable workers who successfully dedicated themselves to reliable recovery programs. Fat Angelo’s believes in giving people a “second chance to start over,” according to Richards, Cochrane and Grooms.  

Greene County Commissioners said they praise the uniqueness of this project.
“Fat Angelo’s is a forward-thinking small business dedicated to serving and improving the Greene County community in many ways,” said Commissioner Blair Zimmerman. “The Board of Commissioners welcomes them and applauds their dedication and the effort they have made to operate a community-minded business and improve an important location in the county.” 

Commissioner Dave Coder agreed, adding that the business’s commitment to assisting veterans as well as those in recovery systems “solidify their dedication to not just providing an exciting new business venture in Greene County but also one that is truly dedicated to helping those in need.” 

The Greene County Industrial Development Authority (GCIDA) previously announced that its Board of Directors awarded Fat Angelo’s a forgivable loan of $27,300 through the Strategic Impact Program. The GCIDA strives to invest in those projects that bring a strategic benefit and have a positive impact in their community. 

Fat Angelo’s met the SIP criteria, so the GCIDA agreed to incentivize their private capital investment in a small business, address a high visibility blighted site and focus their workforce strategy on veterans and others who seek opportunities to become their best selves. 

Joe Simatic, GCIDA Chairman, said he encourages other businesses committed to making a strategic impact apply for consideration.

“We’re glad to direct these funds to promote Fat Angelo’s and encourage other budding entrepreneurs with this important funding opportunity,” Simatic said. 

The Greene County Strategic Impact Program is administered by the GCIDA to spur economic development that will help to meet the capital needs of eligible businesses, stimulate private investment and create significant growth in Greene County’s jobs and economic base.  

For more information about the GCIDA or the Strategic Impact Program, contact Robbie Matesic, Executive Director of the Greene County Department of Economic Development, by phone at 724-852-5300, or by email at rmatesic@co.greene.pa.us.