The former owner of Melt, a popular upscale restaurant in Center Valley, said he will open a new restaurant in Downtown Allentown in early July.
The Hamilton Kitchen & Bar, at Seventh and Hamilton streets, is the newest addition to the ground floor of the Two City Center office building that restaurateur Donny Petridis will bring to the city. He hopes to build a space where locals and visitors can feel at home.
“I want to provide a restaurant that caters to everyone that will be in the downtown area … from people coming from outside the Valley. … Those are the people we are trying to capture.”
Petridis said he is trying to attract locals throughout the Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton area.
When City Center Investment Corp. approached Petridis about opening a restaurant inside the 11-story Two City Center building, the location was the perfect spot, he said. With the surrounding development of an ice hockey arena and hotel and the Lehigh Valley Health Network facility under construction, plus the newly completed National Penn headquarters and tenants inside Two City Center, the restaurant has the potential to draw many people, all within walking distance.
“We project a great lunch crowd and after-work gatherings, and hopefully that will go right into our dinner,” Petridis said. “Everyone has that ‘go-to’ place. This place is designed to be very approachable; nothing will be intimidating. We want people to feel very comfortable when they walk in.”
The restaurant will focus on a wide variety of seasonal American cuisine, including steaks, chops, shellfish and oysters, meat loaf, pasta and appetizers, Petridis said. Aside from wine and beer, the bar concept will feature American whiskey and craft cocktails that go back to the old style of making drinks, Petridis added.
The 8,000-square-foot restaurant includes a bar area that can seat 85, while the dining space can seat 150. A private event room will offer space for corporate and personal events.
According to Petridis, Boyle Construction of South Whitehall Township is doing the construction for the restaurant fit-out. North Star Construction Management of Upper Macungie built the office building.