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July 25, 2013

News by the Numbers
Billy's Downtown Diner Expanding

1. Billy's will open a Diner in Allentown in the Sangria restaurant spot.
2. Billy's plans to open - September 2013.
3. Billy's will serve breakfast and lunch with plans to expand to dinner.
4. Billy's plans to employ 25 to 50 people.
5. Billy's does not have a liquor license but Billy Kounoupis hopes to add one.
6. Kounoupis also plans to open a restaurant in 600 block of Linden in Bethlehem - Billy's Burger Bar.

June 25, 2009

AirTran offers nonstop flights to Orlando & Fort Lauderdale from LVIA
News: AirTran is a discount carrier based in Orlando, Fla. It will begin nonstop flights between Lehigh Valley International Airport and both Orlando and Fort Lauderdale, Fla. starting June 25, 2009. AirTran is the eighth airline to operate at LVIA and will give the airport nonstop service to 13 cities.

The airline will offer four flights per week to Orlando with an introductory rate of $79 each way and three to Fort Lauderdale with opening rates of $84 each way. AirTran joins Allegiant Air and DirectAir in flying to Florida from Lehigh Valley International Airport.

In 2008, passenger traffic from LVIA dropped 8 percent, leading to the lowest number of fliers in at least a decade. Traffic at LVIA peaked in 2004 with more than 1 million passengers. A recent study of local passenger traffic showed that as many as 400 passengers per day are using Newark and Philadelphia Airports to travel to Florida

May 22, 2009

Chef Emeril Lagasse to open a restaurant
at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem

News: Sources close to the $743 million Bethlehem Casino development hint that a Chef Emeril Lagasse operated steakhouse will anchor the four restaurants that will ring the casino floor when the slots parlor opens on May 22, 2009. Las Vegas Sands officials plan to announce the lineup of restaurants in the coming weeks. Officials stopped short of confirming that Lagasse would be headlining one of the restaurants. ”We look forward to offering a variety of foods in four restaurants that will include a steakhouse by a world-renowned celebrity chef,” said Sands spokesman Ronald Reese. ”But we are not naming names.”

Emeril is best known for his New Orleans-style cooking, but his restaurant themes include seafood, pan-Asian and traditional upscale steakhouse. He has restaurants in New Orleans, Orlando, Miami and Gulfport Mississippi. Lagasse also has three restaurants in Las Vegas. The menu in Bethlehem remains unclear, at this time.

May 22, 2009

Shula's Steak House
Shula's Steak House is now open in suite 700 (next to Barnes & Noble) at The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley. Shula’s Steak House is the classic American, fine dining steak house. The restaurant is themed after 1972's Undefeated Miami Dolphins and showcases their "Perfect Season" - the only team in NFL history to finish a season 17 - 0. At Shula’s, try the award winning SHULA CUT steaks.

May 22, 2009

Pacifico - Nuevo Latino Seafood
Chef Rafael Palomino brings his signature Nuevo Latino Cuisine to the Lehigh Valley at the new Promenade Shops. Join them for Nuevo Latino Seafood with a flair for bold flavors and bright presentations, open daily from 11:30 am.

May 22, 2009

The Blue Cobalt
Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem will offer good eating around the clock when it opens on May 22, 2009. A local restaurant owner, Kostas Kalogeropolous, plans to open a 24-hour buffet restaurant in the casino called The Blue Cobalt. The restaurant will feature lunch and dinner buffets and serve a la carte items all day long. A casino buffet featuring trays of pasta in tomato and cream sauces, carving stations for chicken, beef or ham and the dessert cart will cost you about $25. Cobalt Cafe will employ approximately 140 people in jobs ranging from chefs and kitchen staff to waiters and baristas.

April 3, 2009

Stabler Arena - "Spring Home Show"
Stabler Arena hosts a "Spring Home Show" with tons of ideas for home remodeling. Hours:
      April 3, 2009 - Friday 6 pm. to 10 pm.
      April 4, 2009 - Saturday 10 am. to 9 pm.
      April 5, 2009 - Sunday 11 am. to 5 pm.
Cost: $6. per person, children under 12 free and tickets are available at the door.
Vendors: over 450 different vendors