7th Street Bar & Grill is set to open to the public on Monday, June 26, under new management after major renovations to the former Justine’s building at 1663 N. 7th St.
The bar and restaurant, which is located across the street from the Sunset Grocery Outlet, soft-launched on Wednesday, June 21.
The building, including its bathrooms, is ADA-accessible. “There’s no step really anywhere to get in,” Paul said. It also has on-site parking.
Nidhi and Paul Soin acquired the property in April 2022 and started renovating the building.
When asked what was involved in the renovations, Paul said, “What wasn’t involved? Everything was involved in renovations. The only thing that was left alone was the four walls pretty much.”
The exterior and interior of the building were renovated. The interior renovations included moving the kitchen and bar, installing new equipment, constructing new bathrooms, plumbing and electrical work, and cosmetic upgrades such as installing new flooring and styling the space with new decor.
The major renovations were completed about a month ago, just a little over a year after they began. Paul said they continue to make minor tweaks to the building, which embraces wood and brick textures, a neutral but warm color palette, and patriotic and Pennsylvania-spirited bar signage.
The bar and restaurant features an ATM machine, a pool table, a dart machine, and several TVs. It also offers customers charging outlets with USB ports, so they can charge their cell phones and other electronic devices while they drink and dine.
“We do everything else but provide the cord,” Paul said.
The almost 3,500-square-foot building has about 70 seats, which Paul said will allow customers to dine in and pull tables together and still have enough room for different types of entertainment.
“Once we are more set up, there’s bands scheduled already,” Paul said. He also mentioned karaoke nights and trivia afternoons and nights as likelihoods.
In addition, Paul said they plan to offer outside seating at the rear of the building in about a month once they are “more settled in.”
Nidhi and Paul started hiring for the 7th Street Bar & Grill staff in April of this year. As part of the hiring process, they offered candidates walk-in interviews.
Eight members of the staff were present to be photographed before the soft launch on Wednesday.
When asked what customers can expect when visiting the soon-to-be-opened bar and restaurant, Paul said a “great atmosphere, good prices, good food. And then just kind of enjoy. It’s a local bar, local bar feel. We want to leave it that way. We didn’t want it to [be] any different than what it was, but just new and modern.”
Paul said the bar and restaurant’s basic menu will include burgers, wings, and quesadillas.
“What we [are] going to focus on is having a lot of specialties,” Paul said. “So, all your crab cakes and your mushroom [crab cakes]. And they want to do pastas.”
Paul said they plan to promote the specials on their website and social media pages.
7th Street Bar & Grill is set to be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays.
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