As autumn’s brittle acclimate takes hold, our admiration for hot and affable commons grows.
Fortunately, a bounded Mexican alternation is heating up the Lehigh Valley dining arena with its fifth restaurant — its aboriginal full-service atom — at 1905 Brookside Road in Lower Macungie Township.
Don Juan Mex Grill, which originated in Easton’s College Hill adjacency in 2011, opened Sept. 21 at the above Stoned Crab restaurant building.
The 130-seat, two-story restaurant offers Don Juan staples, including burritos, quesadillas and adamantine and bendable tacos, as able-bodied as new selections such as burgers, craven taquitos and shrimp with garlic chipotle mojo.
Juan Martinez, who operates the business with his wife, Melanie, labels the Cuban sandwich, Mexican blah on the cob and Grill Feast for Two (grilled brim steak, craven and shrimp with sauteed vegetables and tortillas) as top sellers.
Other dishes not offered at the restaurant’s fast-casual locations board appetizers and baby plates ($4-$10) such as yuca chips and Latin-style brittle pork belly; sandwiches ($8-$12) such as pulled pork and avocado with atramentous bean advance and veggies; entrees ($10-$32) such as chimichangas and enchiladas; and bootleg desserts ($4-$6.50) such as flan and tres leches cake.
Don Juan, which sources aliment from Egypt Star Bakery in Emmaus and tofu from Fresh Tofu Inc. in Allentown, makes three types of salsa daily. Bootleg chips and salsa are complimentary.
“We try our best to accomplish bodies feel welcome,” Juan said.
Another appropriate aspect is a refurbished 14-seat, horseshoe-shaped bar, confined wines, affair and beers, including bounded selections from Funk and Free Will brewing companies on its five-tap abstract system.
Margaritas, mojitos and added drinks are fabricated with fresh-squeezed juices, and chupitos, or flights of four 3-ounce cocktails, are accessible for $15.
The Martinezes spent several months afterlight the property, abacus kitchen equipment, vinyl flooring, chaplet lighting, blithely black bank paint, Talavera asphalt accents, an alfresco patio and more.
The restaurant, which can board clandestine parties up to 70 bodies in its second-floor dining room, is accessible circadian for cafeteria and dinner. Info: donjuanmexgrill.com.
Juan and Melanie Martinez aren’t the alone Valley restaurateurs authoritative moves these days.
Billy Kounoupis is planning to accessible his third Billy’s City Diner on Wednesday at 123 S. Third St. in Easton, in the burghal anteroom complex, according to a column on the business’ Facebook page.
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Billy Kounoupis, buyer of Billy’s City Diner, stands alfresco his accessible Easton area in July.
Billy Kounoupis, buyer of Billy’s City Diner, stands alfresco his accessible Easton area in July. (CHRISTINA TATU/THE MORNING CALL)
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The third Billy’s City Diner is appointed to accessible Wednesday at 123 S. Third St. in Easton. The restaurant will affection asphalt floors and walls, a coffered beam and custom seating.
The third Billy’s City Diner is appointed to accessible Wednesday at 123 S. Third St. in Easton. The restaurant will affection asphalt floors and walls, a coffered beam and custom seating. (CHRISTINA TATU/THE MORNING CALL)
The 80-seat restaurant, addition locations in Bethlehem and Allentown, has encountered several delays back Kounoupis aboriginal appear affairs in 2015.
“We accept toiled, we accept faced setbacks and engineering issues, but we accept persevered!” the column reads.
The new restaurant will affection a dining allowance with asphalt floors and walls, a coffered beam and custom seating, and a 60-seat alfresco patio.
The area will serve breakfast, cafeteria and banquet and affection a new card with Greek-style vegetarian options. Info: billysdiner.com.
Several readers accept inquired about the cachet of a restaurant that has been blooming at the above Roth’s Flowers architecture in Allentown’s West End.
Greenhouse and Enoteca, an Italian-inspired restaurant specializing in dishes fabricated with bounded ingredients, is accepted to accessible by the end of the year at 2126 W. Tilghman St., according to Salvina Pitruzzella, who will accomplish the business with her brother, Antonio Pitruzzella.
“We’re at the aftermost stage,” Pitruzzella said. “[We’re] accepting appliance custom congenital and finishing the floors, which will be able concrete.”
Salvina, who advised at New England Culinary Institute in Vermont, will be affable alongside her acquaintance and the restaurant’s manager, Heidi Borelli.
The women, both association of the city’s West End, were aggressive to accessible the restaurant due to the area’s “lack of air-conditioned places confined quality, locally sourced dishes,” Borelli said.
The accompany plan to accomplice with bounded farms and added purveyors and abound vegetables and herbs in the refurbished greenhouse.
A melancholia card will be accent by bootleg pastas, breads, soups, salads and artisan pizzas.
The restaurant, which will action basement for about 100 customers, additionally affairs to accomplish its own wine, which will be served alongside added bounded wines, beers and liquors.
Another foodie development: restaurant incubator FoodWorkz bankrupt Monday afterwards three months of business in aggregate bartering kitchen Common Amplitude in city Easton, according to a column on the business’ Facebook page.
The 154 Northampton St. incubator accustomed diners to aftertaste new aliment concepts — from the “modern bounded Indian cuisine” of Pari’s Tasting Table to the body aliment of LB’s Body Cafe — every 3-4 weeks and accord acknowledgment to the chefs.
The cease comes as two bakeries adapt to move from Common Amplitude to Tatamy.
According to Matty’s Marvelous Makery buyer Matthew Robles, he and adolescent Common Amplitude chef Nicole Amey, buyer of Elite Sweets by Nicole, are planning to accomplish their businesses in a aggregate amplitude at 13 Bushkill St. aural the aing brace months.
The atom ahead housed Aunt Wendy’s Kiffles, which confused to Bushkill Township in 2016.
“We’re blockage abstracted businesses, but we’ll be alive out of the aforementioned space,” Robles said of the accessible carry-out venture.
Robles, a self-taught chef, specializes in breads, accolade and scones while Amey, a alum of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., specializes in cakes, cupcakes and pastries, Robles said.
Last week, I wrote about the new Hotel B Ice Chrism Parlor at the above Bethlehem Star Cafe amplitude at 465 Main St. in Bethlehem.
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Yaralov Arcade afresh confused from its 15-year-old atom at 462 Main St. in celebrated Bethlehem to 91 W. Broad St. in Bethlehem, aing to Apollo Grill. The arcade appearance buyer Sergei Yaralov’s paintings of Bethlehem and added artwork.
Yaralov Arcade afresh confused from its 15-year-old atom at 462 Main St. in celebrated Bethlehem to 91 W. Broad St. in Bethlehem, aing to Apollo Grill. The arcade appearance buyer Sergei Yaralov’s paintings of Bethlehem and added artwork. (RYAN KNELLER/THE MORNING CALL)
Now, I’ve abstruse that Sergei and Marina Yaralov, operators of the above Bethlehem Star Cafe, afresh confused their 15-year-old Yaralov Arcade from the atom adjoining to the ice chrism parlor to 91 W. Broad St. (next to Apollo Grill).
The arcade appearance Sergei’s paintings of Bethlehem and added artwork. Info: 610-865-9095.
Grocery abundance alternation Price Rite Marketplace has rebranded three Pennsylvania stores, including locations at 1720 S. Fourth St. in Allentown and 1001 Eighth Ave. in Bethlehem, according to a account release.
The revamped food affection lower prices on hundreds of items, new clandestine characterization and amoebic articles and new designs aimed at alms “the best accessible arcade experience,” the absolution states.
Other new appearance board self-service checkouts; market-style aftermath departments with LED lighting; and Drop Zones, area barter can acquisition articles about priced $3 or less. Info: pricerite.com.
Two retailers afresh bankrupt at the Allentown Commons arcade centermost on Hanover Avenue in east Allentown.
First, women’s clothier Empire Styles Boutique bankrupt a few months ago afterwards beneath than a year of business aing to Chopsticks Chinese and Thai restaurant.
The abstraction was short-lived, however, with Allentown Orthopedics, alms orthopedic and chiropractic services, demography the boutique’s space.
Second, accessibility abundance alternation 7-Eleven bankrupt about a anniversary ago aing to Big Woody’s Sports Bar & Grill.
“We are alive on several deals for that space,” said Victor Kelly, controlling carnality admiral of Larken Associates’ Bartering Division.
Lastly, Zoe’s Place, a assignment abundance specializing in children’s, boyhood and maternology accouterment and accessories, is closing Oct. 13 at 924 N. 19th St. in Allentown’s West End, according to the business’ Facebook page.
A storewide sale, with best items 50 percent off, is underway. Buyer Niki Tyler will abide to host twice-a-year All-4-Kids events, with the aing auction appointed for March 29-31 at 2148 W. Union Blvd. (next to Marshalls) in Bethlehem.
Retail Watch keeps clue of new stores, restaurants and banks in the Lehigh Valley. Contact Ryan Kneller at 610-820-6597 or [email protected] Retail Watch appears every Sunday.
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