Julius, the restaurant Julio Reyes is working on in the old Maennerchor building at 1607 State St., will be open to the public soon, Reyes said. He said the menu will be global cuisine with a Mexican twist and he’ll be training the staff how to make the dishes this coming week.
Reyes said he’s hosting a private event Nov. 10 to show Julius off and will open to the public soon after that. The restaurant, lounge and bar are on the ground floor of the building and the dining room will seat approximately 40. There is also a lounge with retro vintage flair and a full bar that looks much like a German hunting lodge with a few modern twists.
In other news
First things second:
I’m putting together a list of places where you can go out to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner or order yours from if you don’t want to bother with cooking this year. I’m hoping to publish the list Nov. 4 or 11. Please feel free to share any of these opportunities with me.
And now for something completely different:
Abby DeSantis, 26, has opened a meal-prep kitchen, Meals with Abs, in the old George’s restaurant, 2614 Glenwood Park Ave.
“I don’t own the restaurant,” DeSantis said. “I’m just renting the kitchen.”
She is a certified nutrition coach and certified food safety manager through the Erie County Department of Health, and her business is named Meals with Abs (“Abs” is her nickname). She makes healthy meals for clients who pick them up.
“The menu changes every week,” she said. It includes five options for each meal of the day, and includes gluten-free, dairy-free and vegetarian options. Prices for dinner are two servings for $22, four for $40 and eight for $65. Breakfasts range from $15 to $40 and lunches $18 to $45.
“People order meals from me and I shop, prepare, package it and people come pick it up from me,” DeSantis said. You can reach her at www.mealswithabs.com, find her on Instagram and Facebook under “Meals with Abs,” or send a text to 814-460-3368.
I couldn’t resist including a picture of this drink — The Empress Rickey — served at the new Bar Ronin, which opened last week in the West Erie Plaza. It’s a high-end Japanese restaurant, the brainchild of former 1201 Kitchen owner Dan Kern. They got lots of great feedback on social media leaving their first customers wanting more. Read about it at www.facebook.com/roninerie.
The UPick6 Tap House at 333 State St. has been closed for months for renovations. Co-owner John Melody wouldn’t give an exact date for its opening, only saying it would be “soon — either late October or early November.” So keep your eyes peeled. Let me know if you see it’s open and I’ll try to meet you there!
Although this isn’t restaurant news, it’s about food, kind of neat and puts the fast-approaching seasons in perspective for me: If you want to learn how to make maple syrup, Penn State Extension is offering a free webinar Dec. 9. Reserve your spot in the Zoom meeting at bit.ly/3mdgh6c. The 90-minute talk will include identifying maple trees, proper tapping procedures, boiling the sap and filtering the final product. The event is free but registration is required.
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