La bella closes because of the staff, Serafini is still closed

There is a disturbing trend in the restaurant scene that hasn’t ceased to amaze me yet. Restaurants are closing because they are too busy and cannot hire enough staff.

We heard it last week with the temporary closure of the restaurant side of John Russell Brewing Co., 7520 Peach St. (They still make beer.) Now this week the restaurant la Bella, 802 W. 18th St., posted on Facebook on Sunday that it is closed indefinitely until it can find enough servers to handle the volume of business it has.

I can’t pretend (with anything other than my first year economics seminar as reliable information) to understand the economics behind it, certainly not well enough to comment on who is at fault, but I can say I don’t. certainly not expecting it. Restaurants were closing during the height of the pandemic I had been preparing for, but now, with the vaccines, people are flocking to eat out and get together, and prime places have to close because they can’t find staff. ? No, I didn’t see it coming. I just hope something breaks the deadlock quickly.

The Twins lounge restaurant is closed.  The building and the land have been sold.

The building and the land of the former Twins restaurant, 4353 West Ridge Road, was purchased on June 9 for $ 200,000, according to Erie County Real Estate Transfers, The discussion on the Millcreek Township Group Facebook page suggests a future dining establishment. I can’t wait to see what the new owners have in store for us.

This is the top of the group's Facebook page called

I know I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating. I have never seen more interest in a story than what people have shown for the reopening of by Serafini, 2642 W. 12th St. Apparently the interest has grown so high that a Facebook group called “Is Serafini’s Open Yet?” Memories of the restaurant and warnings not to confuse it with Serafino’s in Pittsburgh, which some members do not recommend. (I’ve never been there myself.) So if you’re part of the crowd you’re ready to dial my number again to know when Serafini’s is going to open, don’t hesitate, but you might get more Nice to join this Facebook group at

Bar and restaurant on the roof of platform 6, 6 Sassafras Street (on the roof) is expanding its opening hours to include lunchtime cocktails, according to a Facebook post. New hours: Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. (kitchen, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.); Fridays and Saturdays from 11:30 am to midnight (cooking from 3 pm to 9 pm); closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Martin Firestone, owner of Firestone's, discovers the Moscow Mule now available in the restaurant thanks to the cooperation with Luminary Distilling.

Stone of fire, 4823 Peach St., added a Moscow Mule to their menu thanks to Distillation Luminaire, 8270 Peach St. I love it when good local vendors play well.

Beer garden:Oliver’s Beer Garden is coming soon to Erie Bay, bringing beer, food, a stage, more

In case you missed it, Oliver’s Beer Garden, under construction behind the new Hampton Inn & Suites on East Erie Bay Basin, will feature local beers, full bar service and meals served by Oliver’s food truck. It has an outdoor patio with fire pits, garden games and live music on weekends. Here’s the news: the opening is scheduled for the end of July and the musical numbers are already reserved. Find the schedule on

Authorized to open

More fun to come this way, according to the Erie County Health Department’s opening license list released on July 15. Mobile Roast Barista is a cafe-centric food truck based in Corry. I would chase that one down the road. Second, if you had been really careful this week, you would have heard that Pastry the family will serve coffee and maybe some more at the new Marquette Savings Bank at 930 Peach Street. Your global cuisine, at 4115 West Ridge Road in Millcreek, owned by local culinary entrepreneur Tammy Lyn Fox. I can’t wait to learn more about his new business.

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