Irish pub chain to replace vacant Starters Riverport

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Photo courtesy mollybrannigans.com
Photo courtesy mollybrannigans.com

A new restaurant might relocate to the former site of a popular restaurant in Bethlehem.

A liquor license application sign for a new establishment has been posted in a window of the former Starters Pub in Bethlehem.

The sign says the license application, which has not yet been approved by the city, is for Molly Brannigans Irish Pub & Restaurant, an Irish-themed bar and restaurant that had been set to open on the first floor of the Farr's Building at the corner of New and Broad Street in Bethlehem. However, the deal did not materialize, and now the restaurant is looking at the former Starters location on West Second Street in South Side Bethlehem.

"They are going through that process right now; we are making the necessary motions to try to get them in that space," said Lou Pektor, owner of the building. "There are some necessary negotiations that need to be resolved. It's a big space."

The facility is 23,000 square feet.

Starters did extremely well there for years, Pektor said. He is hoping that the new restaurant will do an encore of that success.

No opening date has been announced.

Molly Brannigans representatives did not return several calls requesting comment.

The website for the restaurant lists a corporate office in Erie, with restaurants in Erie and Harrisburg.

Brian Pedersen

Brian Pedersen

Reporter Brian Pedersen covers construction, development, warehousing and real estate and keeps you up to date on the changing landscape of our community. He can be reached at brianp@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 108. Follow him on Twitter @BrianLehigh and read his blog, “Can You Dig It,” at http://www.lvb.com/section/can-you-dig-it. Brian also has a strong interest in health and fitness. He works part-time as a personal trainer at Steel Fitness Riverport in Bethlehem and earned his personal fitness trainer certification from World Instructor Training Schools. He loves to run and will be competing in his first half-marathon on Nov. 23 to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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