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Bethlehem Awards Restaurant Economic Development Grant

Category : Bethlehem, Food News, Pennsylvania, Restaurant Reviews, The Lehigh Valley

A big congrats to our good friends at MINT.  The Lombardo family came to the city of Bethlehem, PA in 1982 and since then they have been nothing short of a FANTASTIC addition to this amazing Christmas City. Below, is an article that  Lehighvalleywithlove.com posted in regards to a recent economic development grant they received from the City of Bethlehem  to make a positive dent in Bethlehem’s economic growth! Look for MINT to open later this year on West Broad Street in Bethlehem, PA. Congratulations!

“Liquor licenses aren’t easy to get. Especially in cities that are kinda overrun with bars already (See: Bethlehem, Pa). And, if you’re lucky enough to be able to get one, be ready to pay a king’s ransom in order to do so.

(Side note: Always wanted to use the phrase “a king’s ransom” in context and I did. 2011 resolution #1 is done!)

This is the reason you see a lot of new restaurants opening up and offering BYOB. Sure, it’s OK and all bringing in your wine like you’re going on a picnic, but if you really want to attract a crowd that has any sort of sophistication you need to have a wine list and some sweet martinis. Am I right?

Anyway, The owners of Stefano’s are opening up a bistro in the former Bank of America Building in West Bethlehem on Broad Street and they got the deal of a lifetime to serve you alcohol. (source)

After turning down two in 2005, city council on Tuesday approved a rare economic development liquor license for a new restaurant in West Bethlehem.

The two previous applications faced opposition from other restaurateurs in the Center City and South Side business districts, but Tuesday’s application to grant the license to a building at 1233 W. Broad St. received nothing but support.

Restaurateurs Stefano and Dominic Lombardo, who also own Stefano’s Restaurant on Linden Street, said the fiercely competitive market for liquor licenses in Lehigh County made it impossible for them to afford a traditional liquor license. Economic development licenses, which also need state approval, can only be granted once all reasonable means to obtain a traditional liquor license have been exhausted.

The Lombardos plan to renovate a former Bank of America building into a contemporary bistro called The Mint. The family had planned to spend $80,000 on a liquor license but found liquor licenses in Lehigh County were going for at least double that, said Jim Scants, a legislative aide to state Sen. Lisa Osceola, D-Northampton/Lehigh/Monroe, who represented the family before city council.

While Northampton County has 26 available liquor licenses, Lehigh County only has three, making them sell at a premium amount, Schantz said.

Economic development liquor licenses cost only $50,000, an amount some Bethlehem restaurateurs called unfair when the Sun Inn and Starters Riverport applied for them in 2005. Starters Riverport later got a transferred liquor license from Pen Argyl. Source

Sweet deal for them. I’m sure some people are going to bitch (See BYOB Main Street restaurants Olio and Mama Nina). But, you know what kids? Sometimes it takes a little bit of maneuvering to get what you want.

These guys are my heroes. ”

Thanks LVWL for the article!

Edge Restaurant – Bethlehem, PA

Category : Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, The Lehigh Valley

74 W Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018 – (610) 814-0100 – edgerestaurant.net

           Our ”Gourmet Guy” promotion at WLEV and Cat Country 96 in The Lehigh Valley with EDGE sold out of their gift cards in 90 minutes! This means you should read this and GO there!

My wife and I had the pleasure of dining with our good friends at EDGE in Bethlehem. Edge is located on Broad Street at the intersection of Broad and Main – arguably one of the best “corners” in The Lehigh Valley. There is so much going on in downtown historic Bethlehem with the shops, eateries, etc. that EDGE just feels like it was ALWAYS supposed to be right here!  Living close by, we have frequented it often for happy hour appetizers. My wife, loves the Wednesday “Ladies Night” and of course, I’m NOT invited… But that’s okay! From the beautiful relaxed ambiance and decor, to the restaurant layout, staff, food, and all around experience and knowledge of cuisine – EDGE is by far one of the BEST places to dine in the area. (Legend has it that Larry Holmes’ son had his birthday party there that night so even the stars stop by!)

Our server Jamie has been with EDGE for a long time and Restaurant Manager Jessie Dech said that Jamie is his ‘Floor Captain’. That he is! Jamie has EVERYTHING in his head from the specials, to the regular menu items, to why certain wines go with certain dishes. I highly recommend asking for him!  Jesse is also a master of pairing wine with food at EDGE. The place was packed on this particular Thursday night which means they are doing something right!

We began our EDGE experience with a round of wine. We had the house Cabernet out of California, a Merlot from the same region, and a White Wine Spritzer. 

Appetizers could not come soon enough as we know how good they already are! My wife had one of her favorites-the Escargot special! It was amazing, served with a tomato cream sauce, onions, and in a puff pastry! Not the traditional way I’ve seen it but that is why EDGE is so great…they do things differently. We also had Tuna Tartare with Crispy Wontons and an amazing Tarragon Gnocchi – Duck Confit along with Truffle Parmesan Sauce and Crispy Shallots.

 All of those mixed together in my mouth was heaven. Sherri had their famous Shrimp Cocktail Martini with Caper Horseradish Sauce and Mal had an Endive and Roasted Beet Salad and it honestly was something I never would order but I tried it and it was out of this world! Say hello to a guy that now likes BEETS at EDGE.

Dinner was on my mind since about 11am! I ordered the Black Angus New York Strip Steak Medium Rare, Frisee, Truffle Parmesan Frites, and Au Poivre Sauce! How do you think it was? Right! Perfect! Plus they do it right! Executive Chef, Tim Widrick is amazing. I was speaking with one of EDGE Restaurant’s managing partners, Fran, and he reinforced what I just said. I was talking about the steak and Fran told me they pan sear it first then when it’s cooked to order, they let it rest. NOT a lot of places do it right like that. EDGE does!

 My wife enjoyed the Long Island Duck Breast which was so tender and juicy.  It came with Sourdough Spaetzle, Broccolini, and Dried Cherry Gastrique. Yum!

 Mal went outside the box and got the New Zealand Rack of Lamb with Green Olive Yogurt & Drizzle and I was lucky enough to get a taste!  Those of you who never have had lamb…EDGE is the place to try it! 

 Sherri enjoyed the Grilled Hawaiian Butterfish on a Salad of Baby Spinach along with Hydro Bibb Lettuce, Romaine Hearts, Parsley, Wonton Crutons, and a Lemon Thyme Vinaigrette. I have rarely seen Butter Fish on a menu before and being a seafood lover, I had a bite. It was SO RICH and delicious. Not too overpowering from a fish standpoint so if you like fish but don’t like that ‘fishy’ taste, THIS is a great dish!

We finished up with a sampling of Warm Banana Pound Cake with Maraschino Cherry Ice Cream, a Salted Carmel Chocolate Tart, and Mal and Sherri split a Toasted Coconut Molasses Tiramisu.  Mal said it’s not traditional Tiramisu so he wanted to try it…Mal fell in love! I had some too and the coconut was a nice crunchy addition to pair with the creamy Tiramisu! 

All in all, EDGE is a place we’ve been to before and a place we’ll be back to…a lot! A big thanks to Fran, Chef Tim, Jessie, Jamie, Glenn, and Kim @ EDGE. Gourmet Guy went home stuffed and happy and we had a wonderful night with wonderful friends! We’ll see you soon…my wife especially for “Ladies Night”!