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Mama Nina’s Owners to Reopen Former “Firehouse” Bar as “Broadway Social”?

From the time now-defunct nightclub/bar The Firehouse opened at and old firehouse behind the Tally Ho in South Bethlehem most people knew it was going to fizzle out. It was aimed at a night clubby clientele and, well, they tend to not have a huge shelf life in Bethlehem for whatever reason.

The thing is, anyone who ever went by that place would usually say “That’s a super cool building, I wish they’d put something awesome in it.” Looks like that MAYBE COULD POSSIBLY MAYBE HAPPEN…

Bethlehem residents will be soon get a chance to sound off about the transfer of two liquor licenses, one to a planned bar-restaurant-lounge on the South Side, the other to a planned wine bar and restaurant on the North Side.

City council decided Tuesday night to hold hearings on both license transfer requests at its Oct. 16 meeting.

The South Side business would be at 217 Broadway and open early next year, if a company called Envy can acquire a license from P.F. Chang’s China Bistro in the Summit at Lehigh Valley in Bethlehem Twp., Northampton Co.

Envy owner Greg Salomoni said he has not decided on a name for his business — he’s considering Broadway Social. But Salomoni is sure of the layout he will use in the building, which was once the Lehigh No. 1 Fire House as well as a bar called The Firehouse. “The first floor will have the bar and restaurant that opens onto the street and a fenced-in patio on the side of the restaurant, and the second floor will be a lounge-bar with a private VIP room,” Salomoni said.

Salomoni said he will be leasing the space for his business from a corporation, and that his menu “will be a little bit more upscale than bar food.” He also said he is planning to present live entertainment and deejays on various nights. “It’s a great space, with 14-foot ceilings,” Salomoni said, “and the possibilities are endless.”

Salomoni, who lives in Palmer Twp., Northampton Co., said members of his family have been involved in the restaurant business for 50 years in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. One of his family’s ventures is Mama Nina’s at 546 Main St., Bethlehem, said Salomoni, adding that he owned and operated Belissimo’s at 13th and Tilghman streets in Allentown from 1999 to 2003. SOURCE: WFMZ.com

IF this goes through and IF that’s the type of place that does go in here, then I’m excited about it.

I had speculating. So, whatevers. Let’s kick back and wait.

It’s just that the building is sooooo coool. C’mon!