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Bar, restaurant, nightclub owners toast to success in downtown Youngstown



Published: Sun, March 7, 2010 @ 5:51 p.m.

By Katelyn Carusso

The NewsOutlet.org

YOUNGSTOWN

Along with your coffee and gourmet sandwiches, the Lemon Grove Caf serves up live music, local artwork, poetry readings, lecturers and even discussion groups.

“I wouldn’t want to do this anywhere else but downtown Youngstown,” said Jacob Harver, the owner of the new West Federal Street caf.

At 27, Harver is the youngest restaurant/bar owner on the block.

He joins a handful of other business owners here who also envision prosperous economic growth through entertainment. From the Love Lounge to Cedar’s to the Draught House, each locally owned establishment is unique.

Many of these owners were reared in the suburbs, and all of them agree on one thing for sure: starting a business downtown was a good investment.

Next to the Lemon Grove is the Imbibe Martini Bar. Co-owner Jeff Kurz said Youngstown had the best incentive program for small businesses.

“If you invest in downtown now, this could be something you could eventually retire off of,” said Kurz.

Kurz said he chose downtown as the ideal location because it is between Cleveland and Pittsburgh and he has never noticed safety problems. He’s also an attorney with a law office located downtown.

Imbibe opened in June 2005 and is known for its selection of 121 types of martinis and 60 different beers. It created clubs for patrons who consumer the many different types of beverages they offer – over a period of months, of course.

“Anyone who tries all of our martini flavors in one year and six months will be granted access to our private lounge whenever they please,” said Kurz.

Rosetta Stone Caf is also on West Federal Street and is marking two years in business. “Downtown Youngstown is going to become a very hot spot,” said owner Charles Sop.

Rosetta Stone opened in 2008 and besides a restaurant and caf, it also offers catering services and becomes more of a night lub on Friday and Saturday nights.

Read the full story and a related story on downtown workers Monday in The Vindicator and on vindy.com.


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1Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

"Imbibe opened in June 2005 and is known for its selection of 121 types of martinis and 60 different beers. It created clubs for patrons who consumer the many different types of beverages they offer – over a period of months, of course.

“Anyone who tries all of our martini flavors in one year and six months will be granted access to our private lounge whenever they please,” said Kurz."

Ah the excitement of embaling ones brain in alcohol ! So the ultimate reward is the privledge to spend time in the private lounge ? How about a chug a lug contest to top things off ?

How about a free T-shirt "I SURVIVED A .40 "

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_al...

Progressive Effects of Alcohol[3]
BAC (%) Behavior Impairment
0.01–0.029 Average individual appears
normal
Subtle effects that can be
detected with special tests

0.03–0.059 Mild euphoria
Sense of well-being
Relaxation
Joyousness
Talkativeness
Decreased inhibition
Alertness
Judgment
Coordination
Concentration

0.06–0.10 Blunted Feelings
Disinhibition
Extroversion
Lowered Libido
Reasoning
Depth Perception
Peripheral Vision
Glare Recovery

0.11–0.20 Over-Expression
Emotional Swings
Angriness or Sadness
Boisterousness
Reflexes
Reaction Time
Gross Motor Control
Staggering
Slurred Speech

0.21–0.29 Stupor
Loss of Understanding
Impaired Sensations
Severe Motor Impairment
Loss of Consciousness
Memory Blackout

0.30–0.39 Severe CNS Depression
Unconsciousness
Death Possible
Bladder Function
Breathing
Heart Rate

>0.40 Unconsciousness
Death
Breathing
Heart Rate

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2tankthorston(3 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Please lighten up.

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3Bman(151 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Downtown Y-town is a beautiful place within which one can grab a drink at BWs or Imbibe, a show at DeYor or Oakland, a good dinner at Cimento's (my fav but Rosetta Stone is right there too), or dance at the DT36. All in all, Downtown's nightlife, combined with the opening of the high-end condos, has revived the mood in the City.

That is why it is crucial that the Love Lounge be closed. All of the above businesses' success is directly linked to the fact that NO PROBLEMS (other than the usual stuff) exist in Downtown. The LL has been open for 2 weeks and been nothing but problems due to its thug-infested enviornment. This past weekend was a fiasco that threatens Downtown's rebirth.

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4Ctown(115 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

What happened at LL?

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5Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

The thousands of kids on the YSU Campus are lured to these social watering holes . I would like to see a sting performed so that underage drinking is kept under control . DUI checkpoints using the drug sniffing dog should be performed on a regular basis in the downtown area on weekends . Illegal drug and alcohol consumption at the expense of our youth should not be tolerated .

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6mickd(10 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

You should see the flocks of YSU kids that walk down from the dorms to downtown on any given night. I'm sure there are lots of crimes we don't hear about in the news!

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7standup4ytown(20 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Did anyone see the front page of the Vindy yesterday??!!??!!?? The front page of the Sunday paper...

"It's great to be DOWNTOWN" was the headline. The picture was of four women from behind walking in the middle of a snow covered Federal Plaza. The "women" were dressed like prostitutes. It was a tasteless photograph and one I can't believe an editor would let grace the front page of the paper. If this the "new" Downtown...we are in trouble.

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8anonymous2(3 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

I agree standup4ytown. The front page picture of "It's great to be DOWNTOWN" was despicable and very tasteless.

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9saysithowitiz(98 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Stan wrote,"The thousands of kids on the YSU Campus are lured to these social watering holes . I would like to see a sting performed so that underage drinking is kept under control . DUI checkpoints using the drug sniffing dog should be performed on a regular basis in the downtown area on weekends . Illegal drug and alcohol consumption at the expense of our youth should not be tolerated ."

Even though I'm sure underage drinking goes on downtown, the bars there could never compare to the Gossip and a few other bar in Austintown. It's funny how guys must be 21 to enter but girls only have to be 18 to enter and drink! The A-town cops are so concerned with trying to bust the club-goers from Youngstown that they seem to forget about the rest of them. In my experiences, it is the young suburban kids that drive drunk and purchase and do the drugs. I'm not saying that all Youngstown kids aren't innocent either, but I'm saying that more effort should be used in stopping DUI's than in profiling club-goers.

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