Bridge Street restaurant wants eatery to be part of community
Hills restaurant started in 1955 and moved to Bridge Street in 1965. The local establishment closed abruptly in 2015.
“The place sat idle for well over a year, and then we made an offer to run the restaurant,” according to Manuel Castaneda.
At the renamed Bridge Street Family Restaurant, Castaneda runs the kitchen. If the name looks familiar, Manuel and Tony at Tony’s Top Cat Bar and Grill are brothers.
“We changed the name and added a few cosmetic touches to the restaurant. We are slowly bringing back some of the old clientele,” said Lisa Haynos, who runs the front of house.
They opened the doors in 2017 and have been doing well at the 215 Bridge St. location.
“We did get hit hard when UGI closed off the street for gas line repairs,” she said.
Many local businesses felt the pinch as well, while street repairs were going on. The state provides an option that says utilities need to give some relief to businesses shutdown for utility repairs — but so far, no luck, they said.
Breakfast is still high on the list for Bridge Street Family Restaurant.
“We always have lunch and dinner specials. We want to build that end of the business, too,” Haynos said. “We have regulars who show up for Sunday, and we appreciate every one of them.”
The new owners want to try a few different things, including new menu items.
“Some of the old standbys we kept, but we want the meals to be a little different and still be good food,” she said.
They do have a breakfast buffet on the third Saturday of every month from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“We want the restaurant to be a comfortable place and a part of the community,” Castaneda said.
The restaurant hosted the most recent community meet-and-greet event with the police chief. The event, held Feb. 21, was titled Soup with the Smokies. The homemade Italian wedding soup was a hit.
Hours are 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays. The restaurant is closed on Tuesdays.
Check out the Bridge Street Family Restaurant Facebook page for the latest specials.