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Downtown in the News

Vive Le Manhattan: Restaurateur Friedman set to relaunch WB French eatery

i Feb 23rd 2019

By Roger DuPuis , Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — This week diners will be able to say bonjour to Le Manhattan Bistro once again. When the revitalized French restaurant welcomes guests to South Main Street under the stewardship of restaurateur Rob Friedman, one thing will be conspicuously missing, however: “New York City prices.” “Some pricing on the…Read More→

Community mourns Bart & Urby’s founder Brian Urbanas’ passing

i Jan 26th 2019

BY Patrick Kernan, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — Brian Urbanas, owner of popular downtown Wilkes-Barre bar Bart & Urby’s, died Friday afternoon following a years-long struggle with multiple sclerosis. Urbanas’ oldest brother, Joseph, confirmed Brian died at River Run Rehabilitation at the age of 39. According to Joseph, Brian was incredibly proud of Bart &…Read More→

DWBBA honors local artists who painted windows

i Jan 25th 2019

By Patrick Kernan, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — The Downtown Wilkes-Barre Business Association held its annual celebration honoring the local artists who painted windows of businesses for the holidays. John Maday, president of the DWBBA, thanked the artists for their work, saying without them, the annual tradition would be impossible. At a gathering at Rodano’s,…Read More→

Westmoreland Club buys church to restore as event space

i Jan 25th 2019

By Denise Allabaugh, Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice  WILKES-BARRE — The Westmoreland Club in Wilkes-Barre has purchased the old First Baptist Church at 48 S. River St. and plans to preserve and restore it to use for weddings, dinners and other events. Robert Williams, general manager and chief operations officer at the Westmoreland Club at 59 S….Read More→

Focus on Wilkes-Barre

i Jan 9th 2019

By Dave Gardner, NEPA Business Journal The dust-scarred coal miners would never recognize it. Today’s version of the greater Wilkes-Barre area offers little resemblance to the community of the anthracite era. Modern retail fulfillment centers such as those run by Adidas and Chewy.com dot the landscape of the Route 81 corridor, while tech and service-oriented…Read More→

Pop-up museum spotlights Wyoming Valley history

i Dec 28th 2018

By Roger DuPuis, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — You probably figured that the Susquehanna River is old. Did you know it’s one of the oldest surviving rivers on earth? Or that local Revolutionary War hero Nathan Denison quietly lived out his days as a county judge long after the fighting was over? Or that radicals…Read More→

Newman: 2018 sees much progress made toward downtown goals

i Dec 27th 2018

By Bill O’Boyle, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — Diamond City Partnership Executive Director Larry Newman says Downtown Wilkes-Barre is doing much better than it was a decade ago, but for now, he said it is a work in progress. “By every objective measure — storefronts filled, restaurants opened, new housing units, new business start-ups, visitor…Read More→

Wilkes-Barre’s Holiday Pop-Up Shops end successful season

i Dec 23rd 2018

BY Dan Stokes, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — The city’s downtown has been a hot bed for shoppers seeking gifts for the holiday season since Thanksgiving. Local businesses have displayed their services, goods and products at The Midtown Village, located at 41 S. Main St., for the past five weekends, generating buzz for their brands….Read More→

WB council approves parking deal and renewal of downtown business district

i Dec 21st 2018

By Jerry Lynott, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — City council Thursday approved a parking deal over the objections of downtown workers who said an existing lease guarantees them the same spots in the James F. Conahan Intermodal Transportation Facility that are now going to others. The two-year deal commits 722 spaces, or almost all of…Read More→

F.M. Kirby Center on worldwide top 100 sales list

i Dec 18th 2018

By Patrick Kernan, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — The F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts is one of the top 100 theaters in the world, according to one measuring system. Pollstar, the main trade publication for the concert touring industry, says the Wilkes-Barre theater is ranked at number 93 out of theaters worldwide based…Read More→