Friday, February 08, 2013

Revolutions in Saucon Valley

Julie and I graduated from the Leadership Lehigh Valley program a few years back. She works not too far from where I work, and occasionally we’ll meet up for breakfast or lunch to catch up. The purpose of the program is to train community volunteers for board leadership. We both took the year-long program seriously and have continued to serve the community on different nonprofit boards since completing the program. It’s always fun to commiserate and celebrate.

Revolutions recently opened about halfway between where each of us work, so the last time we bumped into one another, we resolved to check it out together.

We’re both transplants so we didn’t have to review the businesses that used to operate in the shopping center to know where it was… ;) but for those of you who aren’t sure where we mean, it’s behind Starter’s Pub on Route 378 (not to be confused with Starter’s Riverport in South Side Bethlehem), in the building that was once the movie theater. There used to be a Pathmark in the shopping center, too, but it’s now closed.

At noon last Friday, the parking lot was nearly empty. I parked in the first spot outside the glass doors and walked in. The place was buzzing with activity. I counted no fewer than 10 employees running around doing things. But I was the only restaurant patron until Julie showed up. A few other tables filled in later. Our server, naturally, was very attentive. The menu was nowhere near as extensive as Starter’s, but the food was tasty and we got in and out in under an hour (important for business lunches). 

Our server informed us that with their new liquor license, they were expecting to be very busy the following weekend’s Friday and Saturday nights, and were still taking reservations for their stadium theater for watching the big game. After lunch we poked our noses around and saw another eating area with views of a performing stage for bands. A couple of the 20 bowling lanes were in use. Above and around the lanes were large TV screens and each lane could be reserved for an hour for $60. It includes unlimited bowling, your own cozy leather sofas, and a server. There’s a large arcade on the second floor, far removed from the grown-up activities. It would be the perfect place for parents to go get a bite to eat, and check out a band and/or watch a game while the kids bowled or played in the arcade. No one feature dominates Revolutions, so pick your favorite activity and enjoy it undisturbed. I definitely hope to visit some weekend night with friends!
3717 Rt 378
Bethlehem, PA 18015
(484) 935-3001

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