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A first time to Taste

MyGirls Cafe and Grill joining Rotary’s Taste of the Abingtons event.

August 20. 2013 2:51PM


When: Sept. 29, 5-8 p.m.

Where: Nichols Village Hotel and Spa, 1101 Northern Blvd., South Abington Township

Cost: $25

Info: Tickets available from any Rotary Club of the Abingtons member, event chair T’Shaiya Gibbons at (570) 780-7950, or at

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SOUTH ABINGTON TOWNSHIP — By the time owner Dina Muca opened the doors of MyGirls Cafe and Grill last September, registration for the annual Taste of the Abingtons event had already closed.

Muca isn’t missing the opportunity to join one of the area’s premier food-friendly events again.

MyGirls, located at 1121 Northern Blvd., South Abington Township, is one of the new vendors participating in the Sunday, Sept. 29 event at the Nichols Village Hotel and Spa, 1101 Northern Blvd., South Abington Township.

Open for the last 11 months, Muca said she worked in the service industry for several years, including co-owning a similar business with her brother, Sal Santoro, in New York City. When her brother got the call to join the New York City Fire Department, the pair sold the business and she moved to northeastern Pennsylvania.

The decision to open a business here was an easy one.

“I know what I love. I love interacting with people,” Muca, a Clarks Summit resident, said. “I like making people happy.”

Business has been steady for the past year, Muca and chef Harry Mucovse said. That’s thanks, in part, to the full service breakfast MyGirls offers beginning at 7 a.m. most days and the hot and cold sandwiches offered for lunch using Boar’s Head products.

The eggplant and chicken mix hot paninis have been popular along with specialty sandwiches like the Uncle Tom’s, which Muca described as “Thanksgiving on a sub.” The Uncle Tom includes turkey, gravy, caramelized onions, Swiss cheese, cranberry sauce, and stuffing, and it’s just one of about a half dozen unique menu offerings.

Daily lunch specials keep the menu options as fresh as the food itself — something Muca said she’s a stickler for.

MyGirls has been a hit with many traveling through the area, Muca said. They were recommended online at, where reviews are overwhelmingly positive.

Muca said she’s excited to participate in the upcoming Taste of the Abingtons as another way to give back to the community. MyGirls will often donate to local charitable events or offer gift certificates for raffle items.

“We’re going to have a variety of stuff,” Muca said, noting she wants to offer more than the homemade sweets available at MyGirls.

While she’s sure attendees of Taste of the Abingtons will be please with what the business has to offer, she’s open to all feedback.

“I like to know how everything was. That helps me in the future. I’d like to know, in all honesty, if anyone has any constructive criticism for me,” she said.

If you can’t wait for Sept. 29, MyGirls Cafe and Grill is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday through the summer.

For more information, call (570) 586-8860 or visit MyGirls Cafe and Grill on Facebook. A new website,, is expected to launch before the end of August.


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