New Castle pizza shop, hit by fire, to stay open

NEW CASTLE, Pa. (WYTV) – Owners of a landmark western Pennsylvania pizza shop are insisting they will not allow a weekend fire to shut them down.

Family members with Augustine’s Italian Village in New Castle met Monday with insurance adjusters.

Saturday night, flames swept through the pizza business. The shop, which does the bulk of its work making pizzas and other products for sale in area grocery stores, was closed at time.

Owners said the focus now is on the future.

“We have a decision on how long its gonna take to fix this building. Some of our key equipment, we’re hoping that its all okay and that we can use that,” Owner Frankie Augustine said “Possibly go to another location for a short term, or wait ’til this building’s ready.”

At this point, we’re told investigators are still working to determine the cause of the fire and an estimate for damage costs.

The business first started in 1957 but moved to its current location on East Lutton Street in 1960.

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