Downtown in the News

Jones acquires former GUARD buildings on South River Street

i Apr 1st 2019

By Bill O’Boyle,  Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — Local entrepreneur Kristopher B. Jones Monday said he is focused on making the city a tech hub. “It’s an ambitious goal, but I believe the model I have works,” Jones said. Jones announced the acquisition of properties located at 16 and 24 South River St., formerly owned…Read More→

Irem Temple Restoration Project takes ownership of historic building

i Mar 29th 2019

By Bill O’Boyle, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader   WILKES-BARRE — At a closing Friday afternoon, the Greater Wilkes-Barre Partnership’s Wilkes-Barre Development Corp. officially transferred ownership of the Irem Temple building on North Franklin Street to the Irem Temple Restoration Project. The “price” for the transfer was $1, said Christian Wielage, chairman of the restoration committee. Wico…Read More→

Wilkes grad bringing apartments, vegan cafe to downtown Wilkes-Barre

i Mar 21st 2019

BY Jerry Lynott, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — For all Jason Griggs has been doing to develop a building on South Main Street, he’s quick to give others credit. The Wilkes University graduate and trustee plugged his school, the city, the tenants and the contractors working on the project to convert a vacant property into…Read More→

Katana to close after 27 years in downtown W-B

i Mar 12th 2019

By Denise Allabaugh, Wilkes-Barre Citizzens Voice WILKES-BARRE —  Japanese restaurant Katana will close June 1 after 27 years in business in downtown Wilkes-Barre, one of the owners said Tuesday. Teresa Ei, who owns the restaurant with her husband Takeshi Ei and partner Naoto Suzuki, said they are retiring. “It’s kind of bittersweet. We’re going to…Read More→

Annual W-B St. Patrick’s parade draws large crowd

i Mar 11th 2019

By Eric Mark, Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice Sunday saw mostly gray skies and many shades of green on the ground for the city’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. A large crowd packed the parade route on both sides of South Main Street leading to Public Square in Wilkes-Barre. Parents and grandparents held young children, while older…Read More→

What are the best places to visit in Luzerne County? The survey results are in.

i Mar 1st 2019

BY Roger DuPuis, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — What is the most popular must-do attraction in Luzerne County? Hint: It’s outdoors. Visit Luzerne County recently launched an online survey to help assess perceptions of the county in order to develop a marketable “brand” for the community. The results are in. Over a period of three weeks,…Read More→

Downtown Wilkes-Barre Business Association highlights upcoming events

i Mar 1st 2019

By Mary Therese Biebel, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — Whether you’re a youngster in search of Easter Eggs, a Francophile in search of French food , a St. Patrick’s Day reveler seeking a family-friendly parade or a jazz fan who would appreciate a musical tribute to the Greatest Generation, downtown Wilkes-Barre has something for you….Read More→

French re-connection: Le Manhattan Bistro kicks off under new owner

i Mar 1st 2019

By Roger DuPuis, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — The ribbon was cut, applause filled the room, and the real moment of truth neared closer. Wait staff in black uniforms darted around the dining room of Le Manhattan Bistro following a ceremonial re-opening Friday afternoon, deftly gliding past dignitaries to make sure everything was just so…Read More→

New coffeehouse coming soon to downtown W-B

i Feb 26th 2019

By Bill Wellock, Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice WILKES-BARRE — Downtown Wilkes-Barre will soon be home to another independent coffee shop. Lafe and Kaili Isaacson plan to open Abide Coffeehouse at 23 W. Market St. in mid-March. They will serve coffee and espresso drinks, as well as food. They hope to partner with a local bakery for…Read More→

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→