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Downtown in the News

Thomas C. Thomas building being modernized into new complex

i Jan 9th 2020

By: Denise Allabaugh, Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice WILKES-BARRE — The Thomas C. Thomas buildings on East Union Street and Pennsylvania Avenue are being converted into a new retail and office development called the “Union Street Complex.” Wilkes-Barre Realty LLC purchased the building at 64 Union St. for $399,000 and building at 90 E. Union St. for…Read More→

The Down Pour begins its reign in downtown Wilkes-Barre

i Jan 9th 2020

By: Laura Rysz, Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice WILKES-BARRE – Guests will find a variety of casual and upscale dishes to satisfy their tastes at the Down Pour, which recently took over a formerly popular spot for nightlife at 119 S. Main St. in downtown Wilkes-Barre. Chef’s Table spoke about the restaurant, which opened Nov. 14, with…Read More→

The Vault in downtown Wilkes-Barre to become Brazilian steakhouse

i Jan 6th 2020

By: Denise Allabaugh, Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice The Vault Grill & Bar in downtown Wilkes-Barre has closed but owner Sam Syla said the historic bank building will become a Brazilian steakhouse. He is leasing the site to Edilene Falcon who owns Broncos Brazilian Steakhouse in Philadelphia. The new restaurant in a former bank building at 24…Read More→

Alvernia leader envisions Reading revitalization following Wilkes-Barre success

i Dec 23rd 2019

By: David Mekeel, Reading Eagle WILKES-BARRE: As a kid growing up in Pittston, John R. Loyack spent quite a bit of time in neighboring Wilkes-Barre. The Luzerne County city was where his family went to shop. It was where they went to visit his grandma. The Wilkes-Barre of Loyack’s youth in the late 1960’s and…Read More→

Downtown business group hears about PA Cyber School

i Nov 4th 2019

By: Bill O’Boyle, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — Amid the usual business of discussing upcoming downtown events, the Downtown Wilkes-Barre Business Association Friday heard about a relatively new endeavor in the city. About 25 members of the downtown group gathered at the PA Cyber School at East Northampton and Washington streets for its monthly meeting…Read More→

The Cheesesteak Factory to reopen this week in downtown Wilkes-Barre

i Oct 21st 2019

By Denise Allabaugh, Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice WILKES-BARRE – After shutting down for more than a year, The Cheesesteak Factory will reopen this week at East Market and South Washington streets just off Public Square. A grand reopening will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the newly remodeled Cheesesteak Factory, said Ed Negron, father of…Read More→

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→