Konnichiwa, described in The P-N as a “Pan-Asian” restaurant, opened last night. HarrisburgNightlife and Floor9 have already made their decision on it, but my column next week will go in further depth (and, I’ve actually been there).
The new inside is a complete contrast to the dingy boxcar look of the outside of the diner. It’s amazing what some carpet, wall tiles and tasteful decorations can do. The menu borders on Asian (we tried the edamame hummus, served with pomegranate seeds and crisp wontons, and it was very good) with beef pho, raw beef, shrimp tempura and the like. Chef staff is from Carmella’s.
The cocktail menu features wines, vodka infusions and martini-like concoctions.
Music is lounge-y beats, courtesy of Jamie Pascotti.
I’m still not used to the contrast to the outdoor section, but that will close soon for the season.
Midtown Block Party
Friday, Sept. 21
1400 Block of N. Third St., Harrisburg
There’ll be dancing in the streets (between Calder and Reily, to be specific) this Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. when Friends of Midtown welcomes HACC to the neighborhood with music and ART! Join us as we unveil over 25 new works created by artists like Earl Blust, Kathy Busillo and Don Lenker two weekends ago during Gallery Walk ’07.
The festivities begin at “rent this gallery” @ 1417 N. 3rd St. and spill into the street with bands BRAVE THE DAY and High Society. Barbecue will be on sale by our friends at Club 1400, and Nonna’s will be selling their great “dogs” and Italian ices.
Bring a chair or a blanket, buy some art, enjoy the night, the neighborhood, the music, and watch the “big dig” as Powers
and Assoc. get the corner of Third & Reily ready for their new office complex!
It’s not news – or even new at this point – but some may not be aware of the full transition of Zia’s at Red Door.
Once upon a time, Harrisburg’s first wine bar opened adjacent to Zia’s Trattoria, an Italian restaurant on the corner of Second and Locust, cattycorner from the pinnacle of downtown debauchery, Fisaga (some of you may remember this as Politesse’s second home, as well.)
This wine bar served great wine and fantastic appetizers, but wasn’t set up for a full-on meal.
In the ever-evolving nightlife world that is downtown Harrisburg, we welcome Carmella’s, which opened in the former location of Max’s, next to the Hilton, last Thursday evening. Local businessman-cum-restaurateur Rick Galiardo is the new owner (he was a partner in Max’s).
At least we no longer have to worry about confusing Max’s with Maxine’s, the bar at Haydn’s on Pine.
The theme is – as you could guess by the name – Italian. I’m looking forward to checking it out this week.
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