In the best of times, a nostalgic walk back down State College’s version of memory lane is an enjoyable distraction. These days, after months of quarantine and social distancing and with the complexion of Penn State’s 2020 fan experience very much in flux, the diversion is all the more welcome. Brandon, Chris, Kevin, and Mailman each share recollections of some of their favorite Happy Valley restaurants, bars, and hangout spots from their college days or after that have since disappeared. While a few stalwarts like the Corner Room and The Phyrst have persisted for many decades, most staples of college life – even seemingly implacable ones like The Rathskeller or Ye Olde College Diner – have come and gone. We hope you manage to make the trip to Happy Valley this Fall, even if we’re all rooting on the home team from bars and pop-up viewing spots, but until you’re back home, here’s a fun reminder of what makes the place so special from four loyal Nittany Lions who love it.
Playland Arcade (State College, PA): https://youtu.be/5bW9mDniB8c