WILKES-BARRE ‚?? Seldom has ‚??opening soon‚?Ě meant so much to a business owner.
It‚??s been a three-year ride for Jason Misto in trying to open his second location for Bottlenecks Saloon & Eatery on South Main Street in the site formerly occupied by Wendy‚??s and before that ‚?? a long, long time ago ‚?? Kresge‚??s.
Misto is awaiting approval from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board on transfer of his liquor license. He expects the new place ‚?? known for its variety of chicken wings and much more ‚?? will open within two weeks.
‚??We hope approval comes soon,‚?Ě Misto said Thursday. ‚??We could open before or after the Thanksgiving holiday.‚?Ě
A new awning adorns the exterior and inside a self-serve beer stand awaits customers.
‚??You give your credit card to the bartender and you get a button,‚?Ě Misto said. ‚??You put the button in the draught table and pour your favorite brew.‚?Ě
The machine dispenses four different brands of beer and Misto said he will change them up every so often. The machine also tracks how much a customer has taken and cuts them off at a pre-determined point.
Bottlenecks will be open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. The kitchen will be open until midnight every night.
Known for its wings ‚?? there will be 18 varieties ‚?? Bottleneck‚??s will have a different feature every night, like wing night, steak night, seafood night and barbecue rib night, Misto said. There will be 18 different beers on tap and 16 televisions for customers to view sporting events and other shows. Misto said it‚??s not a sports bar, but sports and chicken wings go together.
‚??And wings are what we do best,‚?Ě he said.
The building has been vacant since 2007 and Mayor Tom Leighton and John Chaump, president of the Downtown Wilkes-Barre Business Association, are pleased to see the newest addition to the city‚??s downtown.
‚??It is always a good day for the city when new businesses are opening,‚?Ě Leighton said.
Chaump, manager of the Barnes & Noble next door, said it‚??s good to have a neighbor.
‚??Filling an empty storefront adds to the look of the city,‚?Ě Chaump said. ‚??It‚??s another step in creating that walking downtown atmosphere.‚?Ě
This will be the second location for Bottlenecks Saloon & Eatery ‚?? the first is in West Hazleton.