Downtown in the News

New owners to reopen former Wilkes-Barre bar under new name

i Aug 20th 2019

BY  Denise Allabaugh, Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice WILKES-BARRE — New owners have taken over the former Bart & Urby’s bar and restaurant in downtown Wilkes-Barre and plan to reopen it in September with a different atmosphere. Josh Popple and his fiance Kaylee Macko, both 26, said they’ll choose a new name for the business, but have…Read More→

AmberDonia opens location in downtown Wilkes-Barre

i Aug 6th 2019

By Patrick Kernan, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — AmberDonia Bakery officially opened the doors to its Wilkes-Barre location Tuesday morning, and, depending on how you count it, it’s a grand opening either two or 10 years in the making. Owner Butch Sacipi said the store, which now joins the Kingston location as the second location,…Read More→

Plans for next year’s Rockin’ the River already begin

i Aug 1st 2019

BY Patrick Kernan, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — While there won’t be another entry in Luzerne County’s Rockin’ the River summer concert series tomorrow, plans are already in the works to make next year’s event bigger and better. Yes, they’re already planning for next July. A meeting was held in the Luzerne County Council meeting room at…Read More→

Wilkes-Barre’s City Market and Cafe branches out into sushi business

i Jul 29th 2019

By Patrick Kernan, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — Christian Switzer never expected to be in the sushi business. He is now, though, as the owner of City Market and Cafe on Public Square has transformed a former grocery area at the back of the store into an authentic sushi bar — complete with eye-catching Japanese…Read More→

Rockin’ on the River wraps with rockin’ good time

i Jul 27th 2019

By Patrick Kernan, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — If you missed the final entry in the Rockin’ the River summer concert series, don’t worry; one county official says the plan is to do it all again next year. The concert series, which debuted this month, wrapped up on Friday evening, giving one last summer party…Read More→

Healthy dining options headed downtown

i Jul 25th 2019

By Denise Allabaugh, Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice WILKES-BARRE — Healthier food and beverage options have come to downtown Wilkes-Barre and more are on the way. A new sushi bar opens today at City Market & Cafe on Public Square. It offers a menu of 84 different items ranging from shrimp tempura rolls and California rolls to…Read More→

Wilkes-Barre city council demands removal of KKK brick from Public Square

i Jul 17th 2019

By Jerry Lynott, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — City councilwoman Beth Gilbert is calling for the removal of a Ku Klux Klan brick from a city-owned property, legally or illegally. Gilbert took it a step further than three of the five other council members during Tuesday night’s work session in calling for the brick bearing…Read More→

‘Rockin’ the River’ to bring free concerts to downtown Wilkes-Barre today

i Jul 12th 2019

By Patrick Kernan, Wilkes- Barre Times Leader  WILKES-BARRE — Luzerne County Manager C. David Pedri has an idea for what you can do this weekend. This Friday, the county’s “Rockin’ the River” concert series kicks off for the first time at Millennium Circle, the amphitheater located alongside the Susquehanna River in downtown Wilkes-Barre. According to…Read More→

Wilkes-Barre to mark 250th anniversary with Founders’ Day celebration

i Jul 9th 2019

BY Wilkes-Barre Times Leader The City of Wilkes-Barre will celebrate its 250th anniversary with a Founders’ Day celebration on Saturday, Sept. 7 in Kirby Park. “Wilkes-Barre has a proud heritage and a bright future,” Mayor Tony George said. “I invite all residents to Kirby Park for a free family friendly festival followed by fireworks.” The…Read More→

M&T Bank Moving to Public Square

i Jun 12th 2019

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — Officials at the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce say M&T Bank will soon be moving to Public Square in downtown Wilkes-Barre. “We are absolutely delighted that they are going to be now a permanent fixture of Public Square,” said Wico van Genderen, President of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce Leaders at…Read More→