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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!

Stefano’s Sicilian Grille, Northampton, PA

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Category : Northampton, Pennsylvania, The Lehigh Valley

Stefano’s Sicilian Grille 

 5364 Nor Bath Boulevard, Northampton, PA 18067  (610) – 262-8760 

  http://www.stefanossiciliangrille.com/

When you are looking to walk into a comfortable Italian restaurant /bar and forget your bad day, Stefano’s Sicilian Grille is that place. The staff is genuinely courteous and this family owned establishment will find you to be part of the family, or the family as part of your attentive staff.   You may find Domenico serving the bar patrons finely mixed martinis or my favorite the “Italian Sunshine”… Clementine Vodka, Triple Sec, Grapefuit Juice (I use Pineapple), and Cranberry Juice.   Or the cousins cooking in the kitchen and serving up the delicious Italian food.  

  

This happens to be a frequent stop for my husband and I as we are friends of the family and the food is phenomenal. Their word-burning pizza is nothing short of incredible. And, their vodka sauce is my all time favorite. Put them together and these guys from time to time will make me my most coveted “Vodka Penne Pizza”… Just ask for it, you will not be sorry.

On this particular occasion, we had the typical Stef’s starter of their fresh, warm, soft Italian bread with a delish and a little spicy, tomato remoulade for dipping.   Forget the laziness of bringing you a small plate of olive oil with a drip of balsamic reduction or vinegar… This dipping sauce they create, trumps any of that.  

  

For our dinner, the husband ordered the “Garlic Parmesan Wings”, I am not a wings freak like he is, but I can tell you that the meat falls off the bone and the wings are crispy yet melt in your mouth.  I, on the other hand, just wanted some fried eggplant and some of their vodka sauce, otherwise I said bring me whatever…  I was delivered the “Eggplant Rollitini”. Fried eggplant tightly wrapped around fresh ricotta and spinach on a bed of soft linguine dressed in the vodka sauce with pancetta swimming in it.  I know that if I was in the position of ordering my last meal, this would be it. I think I may have found a new favorite food group: Fried Eggplant.

 

Stefano’s Sicilian Grille in Northampton is the sister restaurant to Stefano’s Restaurant on 191 in Bethlehem. Both restaurants are run by the family and keep the tight Sicilian ethics of the front man and father, Stefano Lombardo.  But just remember the real boss is wife Patty and when she isn’t there, son Tony.  And, Domenico is always cooking up a masterpiece that’s off the menu or being eye candy for the ladies at the bar.

You can get a real wood burning pizza or fresh made gelato in a variety of flavors that are never the same.  The top of the line chef’s have been working at both establishments for years, Why?… Because they love it.  These well trained chef’s go to far reaches to please their patrons. They always go off the menu.

 

And, if you want to eat there on a weekend, make sure you call ahead.  The Valley loves the Stefano’s restaurants, you’ll notice any time you pop in, well respected business owners, doctors, and lawyers in the Valley are there relaxing and enjoying the fine food. You can get away with incognito casual wear or donning your best Hugo Boss or Elie Tahari suits right after work. Either way, you’ll fit right in.