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
also owns the Hardware Bar Entertainment Complex, which includes Bourbon Street, Hardware Bar and the Reflex Night Club
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.
said when the expansion is complete and the new kitchen opens, another 10 people will be hired.
said at his
four downtown businesses, more than 100 people are employed.
impressed with the city's resurgent downtown, saying it has all the right elements for success.
"The city government is investing in infrastructure," Kamionka
"The downtown really has some synergy, and I welcome more competitors.
That would create a stronger base and a more vibrant area."
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
"And people are staying downtown for three or four hours."
expects customers of all legal ages to frequent Mulligan's.
"That's the beauty of Irish pubs," he
owns restaurant/bar/nightclub businesses in Harrisburg, York, Scranton, Manayunk and Mechanicsburg.