Primanti’s files for Wheeling license

WHEELING – Primanti Brothers’ sandwiches soon could be available in the Wheeling area, as the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office approved a business license for the restaurant chain.

The filing by Primanti Bros. West Virginia-Wheeling LLC submitted to the Secretary of State’s office Feb. 26., since has received approval. In its articles of organization, the company states it intends, “to operate a full-service restaurant and bar in Wheeling, W.Va.,” though no specific location is listed.

It is possible the restaurant chain could be looking to locate not in Wheeling, but in Triadelphia at the Highlands.

In January, the Ohio County Development Authority approved a purchase agreement with United Growth, a California company seeking to construct a building and bring “four-to-five” additional tenants to the Highlands. United Growth paid $900,000 for 2.6 acres in the development west of the Fusion Steak House restaurant.

The Ohio County Development Authority said it soon expects to close deals with “two or three” potential tenants for the Highlands, but that its policy allows for the businesses themselves to reveal their location plans.

Calls to Primanti Brothers Chief Financial Officer Scott Leya – listed in the documents as the organizer for the new company – were not returned.

Primanti Brothers is known for its signature sandwiches featuring meat, french fries, tomatoes and coleslaw piled on top of each other between two thick slices of bread.

The restaurant has locations throughout Pittsburgh, including operations at Heinz Field, Consol Energy Center and PNC Park. It recently opened a restaurant in Morgantown and has three others in Florida.