Harrisburg Hardware Bar closes; to be replaced with Susquehanna Ale House
Feb 10, 2013 (The Patriot-News - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Call it the last dance in Harrisburg.
The Harrisburg Hardware Bar, one of the last nightclubs along North Second Street, closed its doors early this morning.
"It was the last fun bars in Harrisburg," said owner Ron Kamionka. "It was 12 years. It was a good run."
The bar was known for its dentist chair, rolling ladders and Coyote Ugly style dancers.
Kamionka said the Hardware Bar will be replaced Feb. 22 with a Susquehanna Ale House, a more upscale pub serving a limited menu and more than 70 craft beers by the bottle.
It will be open 4 p.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
The Hardware Bar's closing comes as a shift is occurring along Second Street from fewer nightclubs to more restaurants.
The Federal Taphouse, a restaurant with a full-service kitchen and 100 beers on tap, opened last month at the former Dragonfly nightclub.
Last year, Buddha Buddha, an Asian tapas, sushi and martini lounge, opened in the former Egypt nightclub, while Kamionka converted Eclipse Nightclub into Second Street Comedy Club.
"Basically after 12 years of being on Restaurant Row, we have to start to bring it back," Kamionka said. "What we are doing is taking out the clubs, taking out the younger end so we can sustain the downtown opposed to have the party just drop out."
He said the Ale House will appeal to those in their late 20s and early 30s.
Kamionka recently converted the Bourbon Street Saloon off of Route 22 in Lower Paxton Twp. into a Susquehanna Ale House. He has also converted Hardware Bars he owns in Scranton and Wilkes Barre into Ale Houses.
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