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Downtown After Dark

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Hardware Bar

Kamionka Entertainment Group

Managing Partner
Kamionka Entertainment Group

Kamionka Entertainment Group

Wilkes-Barre Hardware Bar



Hardware Bar

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Kamionka, president of ...

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Kamionka, president of Downtown After Dark, originally opened the bar in 2010 and the bar's name was changed to Joe K's Brewhouse in August 2013.

The bar was profitable, but "any business is for sale at the right price," Kamionka said.
"We consistently made money in Wilkes-Barre," he said. "It was a very quick transaction. Someone made an offer and I couldn't turn it down."
Kamionka also formerly operated the Susquehanna Alehouse on South Main Street, which closed last year.
Kamionka originally opened it is as the Hardware Bar in 2008.
He continues to operate Mulligan's in Scranton, the Hardware Bar in Bloomsburg and nine bars and restaurants in Harrisburg.
He said he closed the Susquehanna Alehouse because his lease expired and he did not renew it, but he said he still believes downtown Wilkes-Barre is a viable and profitable location.
"There's still significant business in downtown Wilkes-Barre," he said.

Diamond City Partnership - Latest News

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The new Irish pub at 41 S. Main St. is the fourth downtown Wilkes-Barre venue for Ron Kamionka, president of Downtown After Dark and owner of the Hardware Bar, Bourbon Street and the Reflex Night Club on South Main Street. It is Kamionka's 19th venue to open in Pennsylvania, including seven in the Harrisburg area.

Kamionka said he believes his new pub, near Katana Japanese Restaurant and Thai Thai, will attract patrons of all ages. It will much different than the former Luna, he said.
"It's different with an Irish pub. It's designed to be nicer looking and more involved as far as the detail and the decor," Kamionka said. "People of all ages will be comfortable here."
Jason Melhorn, the new regional manager of Mulligan's, worked for Kamionka for the last eight years.
Kamionka is renting the site from Humford Equities. Mulligan's will expand in February to include a kitchen. Kamionka plans to have a full menu available for St. Patrick's Day. Once completed, Mulligan's will occupy 4,779 square feet of space and will have outdoor access to the Midtown Village courtyard for outdoor seating.
Since opening the Wilkes-Barre Hardware Bar Entertainment Complex in 2008, Kamionka has drawn live national acts into the city and served more than 500,000 patrons. He said the bars have been "doing phenomenally well. There will be no cover at his downtown Wilkes-Barre bars on New Year's Eve.
"We're hoping that people will come down and check out not only our place, but other places downtown," Kamionka said.

Jazzing up York’s night life - York Daily Record

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Entrepreneur Ron Kamionka established Hardware Bar, Market Street Saloon and Bahama Mama Beach Club on the same block of Market Street.

The Saturday-night Reggae Under the Stars series ends abruptly July 2 because of unpredictable weather, Kamionka said.

Diamond City Partnership - Latest News

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WILKES-BARRE - Ron Kamionka believes in the future of downtown Wilkes-Barre and his latest venue will feature a bit o' the Irish.

Mulligan's Irish Pub will open Friday - New Year's Eve - at 41 S. Main St. in the Midtown Village, the former site of Luna Cafe.
Mulligan's will be the fourth South Main Street venue for Kamionka, a 47-year-old Mountain Top native and president of Downtown After Dark and Kamionka Entertainment Group. He also owns the Hardware Bar Entertainment Complex, which includes Bourbon Street, Hardware Bar and the Reflex Night Club.
Kamionka said Mulligan's will open with a limited menu, expanding to a full dinner menu in time for St. Patrick's Day.
When the venue opens, Kamionka said there will be 15 full- and part-time employees. He said when the expansion is complete and the new kitchen opens, another 10 people will be hired. Kamionka said at his four downtown businesses, more than 100 people are employed.
Kamionka said he's impressed with the city's resurgent downtown, saying it has all the right elements for success.
"The city government is investing in infrastructure," Kamionka said. "The downtown really has some synergy, and I welcome more competitors. That would create a stronger base and a more vibrant area."
Kamionka said with two colleges, the F.M. Kirby Center, Movies 14 Wilkes-Barre and several restaurants, the foot traffic downtown has increased and people are spending more time in the city.
"It's becoming a popular destination," he said. "And people are staying downtown for three or four hours."
Kamionka said he expects customers of all legal ages to frequent Mulligan's.
"That's the beauty of Irish pubs," he said.
Kamionka owns restaurant/bar/nightclub businesses in Harrisburg, York, Scranton, Manayunk and Mechanicsburg.

News Shorts: June 20, 2002

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Pamela Klee-Gracey of Cumberland Valley High School and Ron Kamionka of Kamionka Entertainment Group were the winners based on their success in raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Kamionka is Managing Partner of Kamionka Entertainment Group - owner and operator of Wanda's Deck and Dance Club, Eclipse Nightclub, 5:01 Downtown and Coyote's Hardware Bar.
Contestants' goals were set at $10,000 in an eight-week period.Gracey raised over $10,000, and Kamionka raised over $18,000.These funds are used to provide patient services and funding research for leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma cures.
Hours Change at SqartThe Susquehanna Art Museum recently expanded their hours.The museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m., Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m.The change came to accommodate The State Museum of Pennsylvania's, Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2002 exhibit, on display through September 8.

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