At new restaurants, East will meet West

Forget the steak frites, foie gras and pastries. Developer Lou Pektor has passed over a deal to bring a French bistro to Bethlehem in favor of restaurants that serve Mediterranean and Asian fare. Full Story

Since: Feb 08

Allentown

#23 May 6, 2008
Good luck to the new restaurants and those of you boring, negative, naysayers who have nothing constructive to say can stick it!
Oh My

Philadelphia, PA

#24 May 6, 2008
geez that car looks stupid.. I surely would never get in it.
Oh My

Philadelphia, PA

#25 May 6, 2008
Slum Town Allentown wrote:
Allentowns Mayor needs to be more creative start at the welfare office and weed out the deadbeats from the real people who need assistance then come up with a plan to cut the deadbeats off and buy them a bus ticket back to New York, Jersey or anywhere just get the trash OUT.
can't do that. There would be an uproar because of racial profiling.
Brian

Saint Paul, MN

#26 May 6, 2008
Give it a rest and stay ay McDonalds....let the rest of us with a life enjoy downtown!
Getting Ready Allentown wrote:
I wish I had the money to spend on a night out how ridiculous dinner for two would buy groceries for a family of 2 for a week. They are just getting ready for when the richer folks come here to gamble, sleep over, flaunt there money and here goes the cost of living in Bethlehem. It's out of control.
Pachacutec

Fort Collins, CO

#27 May 6, 2008
Zeus-the God of Gods wrote:
<quoted text>
Italians doing Greek food...hahahha. is this a joke?
i could make better stuffed grape leaves with my eyes closed.
...
I've been to some restaurants here in MD where people of one nationality do the cuisine of others quite well. Including grape leaves.(Hey, if you have a good recipe, please post - I'd love to have it!) I also have to agree with the other poster who said they'd rather see a place like this than a Fridays'. I'm not against chain restaurants myself, but I enjoy a one-of-a-kind restaurant much more. And as for the price - I'd say "wait and see;" there's some restaurants in the DC/Maryland area where you pay well over $100 for a meal. Maybe that's not a lot of money for some people, but as far as I'm concerned, if I fork over $100, that food better get up and dance!(smile). Well, at least give this place a chance, they might be good!
Rez

Palmerton, PA

#28 May 6, 2008
True American wrote:
Now I see the name....Nicole.
That explains the lack of car knowledge.
Nicole didn't write the caption. The photographer did. And he's a dude.

“smarty pants”

Since: Apr 07

Bethlehem, PA

#29 May 6, 2008
I heard that the Lantern is reopening as a Cuban style restaurant and "Rum Bar" Should be interesting
Leonard Pinth Garnell

Elkridge, MD

#30 May 6, 2008
Cougars with fake tans...Hmmmm. I think that sounds okay.
Jill

Allentown, PA

#31 May 6, 2008
From the photo caption: launche of two new restaurants

*sigh*
Zeus-the God of Gods

Bethlehem, PA

#32 May 6, 2008
there's no way they would ever put a major chain restaurant right on Main and Broad streets. it's not the spot for it. people who frequent/live down there demand/want better than that, thus why they have places like this new "overpriced fusion" stuff coming in. the least they can do is hopefully incorporate a nice lounge area to add to the downtown Bethlehem nightlife...because as of now it's just Brewworks/Steelgarden.(that detriment of a place, 40 Below, is a fight/shootout away from being shut down, and it's far from a classy spot)
Whatev

Denver, PA

#33 May 6, 2008
More over priced food in Bethlehem!
Yeah we can all afford that with today's economy!!

“aka MOB”

Since: Mar 07

Bethlehem

#34 May 6, 2008
my name is wrote:
I heard that the Lantern is reopening as a Cuban style restaurant and "Rum Bar" Should be interesting
Really.....that IS interesting.

Since: Jan 08

United States

#35 May 6, 2008
One key point that everyone seems to be missing, is that places such as this don't always cater to just the upscale crowd, but they also serve as a place to take business clients for lunch/dinner. Applebee's and Bennigan's just doesn't cut the mustard.

Since: Jan 08

United States

#36 May 6, 2008
And one more thing. I will GLADLY pay $100 for a meal from a locally owned restaurant that serves freshly prepared food and "Real" mixed drinks.

I find it fascinating that most people are ignorant of the fact that 90% of the food served in chain restaurants is frozen/pre-packaged/brought in. You are basically paying for an overpriced TV dinner.

I also prefer to eat in an "Adult" atmosphere, rather than one with screaming children and watered down well drinks.

It's all a matter of priorities I suppose, I could spend my money on manicures each week, or the latest fashions, but I prefer to save up and enjoy a really good meal every once in a while.

Since: Jan 08

United States

#37 May 6, 2008
Outstanding.
my name is wrote:
I heard that the Lantern is reopening as a Cuban style restaurant and "Rum Bar" Should be interesting
Pachacutec

Fort Collins, CO

#38 May 6, 2008
What the Heck wrote:
And one more thing. I will GLADLY pay $100 for a meal from a locally owned restaurant that serves freshly prepared food and "Real" mixed drinks.
I find it fascinating that most people are ignorant of the fact that 90% of the food served in chain restaurants is frozen/pre-packaged/brought in. You are basically paying for an overpriced TV dinner.
I also prefer to eat in an "Adult" atmosphere, rather than one with screaming children and watered down well drinks.
It's all a matter of priorities I suppose, I could spend my money on manicures each week, or the latest fashions, but I prefer to save up and enjoy a really good meal every once in a while.
I don't have the means to pay for $100 meals, but I agree with the rest of your post. Most of the stuff in the chain restaurants is prepackaged and the same no matter where the restaurant is located. And that includes restaurants in the chain which are located in other countries! Nothing wrong with that if you like it, but I don't....

“aka MOB”

Since: Mar 07

Bethlehem

#39 May 6, 2008
What the Heck wrote:
And one more thing. I will GLADLY pay $100 for a meal from a locally owned restaurant that serves freshly prepared food and "Real" mixed drinks.
I find it fascinating that most people are ignorant of the fact that 90% of the food served in chain restaurants is frozen/pre-packaged/brought in. You are basically paying for an overpriced TV dinner.
I also prefer to eat in an "Adult" atmosphere, rather than one with screaming children and watered down well drinks.
It's all a matter of priorities I suppose, I could spend my money on manicures each week, or the latest fashions, but I prefer to save up and enjoy a really good meal every once in a while.
I agree with you, I'm looking forward to the opening. Let everyone else enjoy the overpriced pre-packaged food.
Mayor Smurf

Aliquippa, PA

#40 May 6, 2008
Hey, why can't I get restaurants on Hamilton Street. I LOVE restaurants! I LOVE Wendy's and hamburgers! I wish Bethlehem was part of Allentown it could be located on Hamilton Street! I invented restaurants!
PEDESTRIAN

Bristol, PA

#41 May 6, 2008
It's nice to have good restaurants. Quality of life = economic development. I'll go on special occasions. Times aren't so bad for those of us who didn't buy McMansions and SUV's. Happily, Pistachio didn't move to Bethlehem. Thanks go out to Governor Rendell!

“What does your soul look like?”

Since: Apr 08

Bethlehem, PA

#42 May 6, 2008
my name is wrote:
I heard that the Lantern is reopening as a Cuban style restaurant and "Rum Bar" Should be interesting
That's cool with me - I'll try it out.

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