12Eleven Brisket to open

New restaurant replaces Dickey’s Barbecue Pit on 11th Street

There’s an old saying — when one door closes, another door opens.

That’s certainly the case at 1211 11th Street.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit closed its doors Saturday, and 12Eleven Brisket will open in the same location at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Dickey’s owner/operator Jay Rhodes — a major in the U.S. Army reserves — decided to retire from the business to focus on his military career, said Stephanie Trude, who served as Dickey’s manager and will be the owner of the new business.

“He wanted to empower his employees to take over,” said Trude, 36, a 1999 graduate of Altoona Area High School.

Rhodes also recently closed his State College Dickey’s location.

Building co-owner Jim Colombo is excited about the new business.

“I think it will be great that she will have a larger variety of foods than Dickey’s. I think it is great and will be a good thing for downtown Altoona,” Colombo said.

As the name implies, 12Eleven will also offer brisket.

“I don’t want people to think we don’t have brisket. Brisket screams barbecue. Brisket was one of our core menu items,” Trude said.

Trude will offer a wider variety of menu items.

“We want to be somewhere where everyone can get something they like to eat. We will have vegan and vegetarian items and items for people who want gluten-free foods,” Trude said.

She will focus on recipes made from scratch.

“I am incorporating recipes that I make from scratch. One feature will be chicken alfredo stuffed squash bowl. When I say homemade, I mean homemade. I will be using real butter, cream and cheeses and making everything from scratch,” Trude said. “The menu will have something for everybody. I have covered all of the bases. I have always had a passion for food; this is my forte.”

Trude plans to use as many local products as possible.

For example, she will use produce from Bridenbaugh Markets of Martinsburg and Hill Top Produce of Sinking Valley, sausage from Mountain View Meats and Sausage Co. of Tipton, ingredients from Better Batter, desserts from Mrs. Grove’s Pastries and rolls from Pacifico Bakery.

Her business neighbor, Chuck Meyers of Two

20 Studios, will display some of his art work in her restaurant.

“This is a good way to network with neighbors,” Trude said.

Trude has retained Dickey’s nine employees and has added three workers.

Business hours will be

11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Delivery service will be available, and orders can be placed at www.orderedyour way.com.

The business telephone number is 201-2311.

Mirror Staff Writer Walt Frank is at 946-7467.