Openings & Closures around | Regional News from Lehigh Valley
Here is an overview of the openings and closings of local businesses that have been in the news in recent weeks.
Hamilton Street’s namesake restaurant is closing to make way for a sports-themed restaurant and bar that promises to bring live entertainment, as well as Chicken & Bliss, to Allentown. Hamilton Kitchen will close by the end of the year.
City Center Investment Corp. said Sports and society will open in the spring in the 8,000 square foot space of Two City Center at 645 Hamilton Street. The national chain typically opens restaurants in major entertainment districts and casinos, and near stadiums, so attracting one to Allentown “validates the incredible revitalization of this great city,” said Judith Borrelli, director of the downtown operation.
Sports & Social’s menu includes a signature item, Chicken & Bliss: a toasted waffle, fried chicken strips, maple syrup, sliced strawberries, lemon honey butter and mint.
In Bethlehem, what looks like an independent pharmacy opens in a small shopping center. The signs are in place for Linden Pharmacy at 3010 Linden Street. The property shows some confidence in an industry dominated by large chains, and there is a Walgreens about a block away. More details on this operation later.
New housing may be on the way in Allentown. Developers Mukesh and Dilip Patel plan to cover 37,000 square feet Microtel at 301, boulevard Union, with access from rue Dauphin. The four-story, 70-room building would have an indoor pool. The site is just east of the Lehigh River and not far from Coca-Cola Park, home of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
Across the Delaware River in Greenwich Township, mountain guys serves a limited menu while work on the old Sammy’s Drive-In continues. The Dudes website lists limited hours at the moment at the 1193 Route 22 site across from the Phillipsburg Mall. The restaurant serves modern American cuisine.
Easton is going to have an African restaurant where Gino’s Pizza used to operate. Hoza is looking for staff for the 349 Northampton Street location. According to Hoza’s Facebook page, they have been looking for cooks, waiters, hostesses, preparers and dishwashers since July. The name Hoza basically means “Thank God it’s Friday” in Africa.
Split pine ax throwing is planning a grand opening on Thursday, September 23 at 627 Hamilton Street in Allentown. Groups of 2 or more can throw for 20 minutes for $ 8.
In southern Bethlehem, Zeke Zelker’s Zekraft opened at 306 South New Street. Zelker has over 20 years of catering and catering experience. The cafe’s menu includes coffee, toast, salads, desserts and more, and Zelker seeks to use local ingredients. Delivery is available and Zekraft offers a full dining menu.
Still in Bethlehem, Freemotion dance shop opened at 2475 Willow Park Road. The store offers “everything about dancing” and makes fittings for pointe shoes. Freemotion offers shoes for ballet, pointe, hip-hop, jazz, tap, ballroom and lyric dance.