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The doors of downtown Pittston eatery the Coffee Table Café closed last week but they won't be closed for long.

Located at 69 S. Main St., the busiess has been sold to local chef Michael Callahan, who plans renovations, including a full kitchen, and new features, such as a coffeehouse nights with live music.

The business is expected to reopen as Callahan's on Main in early 2013.

For Callahan, opening his first restaurant in downtown Pittston was an easy decision.

His family's history played a big part.

His father, Dr. John F. Callahan, has served the residents of Pittston and the surrounding area over 40 years. One of his medical offices is directly across from the new restaurant.

I can only dream of being as successful as my dad is in Pittston, the younger Callahan said.

I love what's become of the downtown. It's so vibrant. It's really on the up and up.

Callahan plans to add a kitchen and offer a full menu for breakfast, lunches and takeout dinners. Soups, sandwiches and desserts will be specialties on the menu.

He'll also do take-out, prepared dinners and catering.

The new eatery will have seating for 40 people and Wi-Fi will be available and will open as a BYOB establishment.

Callahan plans to continue the coffee tradition, and add to it.

We'll have gourmet coffees, cappuccinos and espressos, he said.

A 1998 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Callahan has worked in various restaurants in the area, such as the Café in Plains Township and Fox Hill Country Club in Exeter.

He also operates a catering service, Catering by Callahan, and ran a popular stand at the Tomato Festival selling grilled chicken sandwiches and rigatoni a la vodka.

Callahan, 35, also works for Geisinger Life Flight and lives in Jenkins Township with his wife and four children.

New to the business will be after-hours coffeehouse nights, where Callahan will feature coffee and deserts and host local musicians.

The café opened in April of 2012 by two Back Mountain couples, Danae and Allen Morrow and Justine and Adam Schooley.

Michael Lombardo, a member of the city's redevelopment authority, said other jobs and commitments prevented that group from keeping the eatery open.

But he welcomes Callahan to the downtown fold.

We wish him the best of luck, Lombardo said. He'll expand the atmosphere downtown.

Callahan encourages anyone to like his Facebook page, Catering by Callahan, which will provide updates on the new restaurant.

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