Five Cool Bars and Restaurants We Were Waiting for: Your Thoughts?

by Carrie Havranek

Last spring, we ran the following post about five cool bars and restaurants we were looking forward to. We can’t believe it’s nearly a year later, and now these places are a regular part of the dining and drinking landscape. Have you been to any of them? Please let us in on your new favorites, and tell us what restaurants and bars you are looking forward to checking out in the coming months.

1. The Mint, Bethlehem. The owners of Stefano’s in Bethlehem, the Lombardo family, are opening a swanky restaurant on West Broad Street and 12th Avenue. Cleverly, some of the interior (as well as its name) will reflect its former iteration as the Bank of America. The bank’s safe will be converted into a cool-looking wine rack. 1223 West Broad Street, Bethlehem; 610-419-3810.

2. The Trapp Door Pub, Emmaus. Sadly, abruptly, and recently, Tap and Table in Emmaus closed. Beer angels in the form of former employees (and former Magnolia’s Vineyard owner John Kerstetter) have swooped in to open up a similar place in the same space. A few changes, though: according to some early reports, they’ve decided to embrace a few mainstream bottles, but beer lovers, never fear: owners plan to keep some of the more esoteric and hard-to-find brews that made beer lovers love Tap and Table. Grand opening party is slated for May 26. 4226 Chestnut Street, Emmaus; 610-965-1009.

3. Cosmopolitan‘s rooftop deck, Allentown. It’s coming in early June. It promises two separate lounge areas, lots of opportunities for hanging out and drinking from their amazing cocktail list and the restaurant’s extensive menu. I hope they’re still offering that amazing tomato-based cocktail with pickled garlic and rosemary. 22 North 6th Street, Allentown; 610-435-3540.

4. Black and Blue, Easton. Former Which Brew owner Kelly-Jo Ditze is finally opening a new spot in Easton, and loyalists couldn’t be happier. She and partner Larry Porter are setting up in the former Blue Tone Cafe. There’s no exact opening date scheduled yet but it should be soon.  Black and Blue, 683 Walnut Street, Easton; 610-439-3604.

5. Tapas on Main, Bethlehem. The former Tortilla Flat/Tika’s is turning into a Spanish-style tapas restaurant, owned by Rafael Palomino of Pacifico at the Promenade Shops and Juan Carlos Paredes. For the indecisive and/or extremely curious and hungry, there can never be too many places with little plates. For those who are really hungry, there will also be entrées, and the food promises Spanish fare with a Latin twist. It’s slated to open sometime in May, just in time for sangria sipping. 500 Main Street, Bethlehem; 610-868-8903.

Carrie Havranek is a writer in Easton with a seriously food-addled brain.


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