Thursday, June 09, 2011

Restaurant updates/transitions... so you are in the know

Hey, umm... a few things have changed. Here's what you need to know at the watercooler.

1. Open: Bridgeworks, a restaurant on the South Side of Bethlehem near Lehigh University, was purchased and reconfigured, and named Lehigh Pub by the new owners. Then a couple of kids refused to tip their server and it made national news. Now it's called Molly's Irish Grille & Sports Pub. A lot of the old Bridgeworks menu items are still around (shepherd's pie, mmm...) plus the bar features a ton of microbrews on tap and by bottle.

2. Not Yet Open: A tried and true Lehigh Valley restaurant family will soon fill the gastropub void that Tap & Table left. It's called The Mint and is located in an old Bank of America building next to Abe's Six Pack shop. Owner Dominic Lombardo is the son of Stefano Lombardo, of the Stefano's you may already know and love. Dominic is the guy who brought you Sweet Basil in Northampton. The Mint will open any day now, according to my sources, likely around June 15. (1223 W. Broad St., West Bethlehem)

3. Open: Bloggers Chris & Erica, Laini and Glenn got a sneak peek at Emeril's Italian Table, the newest restaurant at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, while I was on vacay. If this is news to you, the only thing you should say about this is, I want to go. It sounds cool. A question like "We have a casino?" is not good. You should also know that Emeril has two other restaurants at The Sands already.

4. Open: There's a new Spanish tapas restaurant on Main Street in Bethlehem called Tapas on Main (easy to remember, right?). It replaced Tika's, which replaced Tortilla Flat. The new place is owned by the people who owned Pacifico at the Promenade Shops, the Latin restaurant in the Promenade Shops of Center Valley. It will likely do well, and it will get overflow traffic from Mama Nina's, which is ridiculously popular. ALSO - be very carefully when pronouncing TAPAS restaurant, as this is not a naked establishment. It is the first Lehigh Valley restaurant to call itself a tapas place, but Apollo Grill has been doing this for a long time. A few Junior League women and I had the sangria last night after an event and sat in the back circular booth and watched the place in action!

5. Not Yet Open: Black and Blue is a new restaurant in Easton, brought to you by the minds behind a place called Which Brew (a business which is now closed - the building at 665 Northampton Street is now home to an Irish pub, Slainte). To say that Which Brew had a cult following is an understatement. Reference the two Facebook pages in the restaurant's honor: "I Utterly Miss Which Brew" and "I miss Which Brew in Easton" each 100+ members strong. Their new location, 683 Walnut Street, Easton, is in the space formerly occupied by the Blue Tone Cafe.

Your additions are welcome, but that should get you started!


  1. kristina6/09/2011

    I enjoyed the sangria at tapas on main last night too, but the company was better!

  2. Anonymous6/15/2011

    The Facebook Group page that has over 169 members is "I Utterly Miss Which Brew." Could you please add this link, too? Thanks.

  3. Kristina, the company was excellent! We'll have to go to Emeril's next.

    Anonymous, no problem! I've updated the post to include both Facebook fan pages.