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Picture This: Bank + Vine

New Addition to City Dining Scene Rooted in Farm to Table Elegance

This Saturday, the newest entry into Wilkes-Barre’s growing downtown dining scene opens its doors. Bank + Vine, a seasonal, farm to table entry in the Friedman Hospitality Group portfolio, sets up shop just a few blocks south of Public Square. The rustic stop moved into the old South Side Bank building formerly occupied by Le Manhattan Bistro. We couldn’t wait. We just had to pop in for a peek.

The street fades into memory as you enter the handsome, turn-of-the-century building. Massive arched windows flood the space with natural light. Deep wood tones and wall crawling vines lend an air of natural reclamation. Little touches like vault doors and an antique brass cash register recall a former utility.

The theme is simple, local, elevated. Fresh, homegrown produce and hearty steak, fish and poultry meet flame, plate and table unadorned with pretension. Executive Chef (and NEPA native) Chad Gelso’s vision vibrates through wall, floorboard and fork. It sparks unlived memories of farmhands harvesting the rolling fields and river lowlands of the valley – the fruits of their labor often circling back to kettle, to supper plate, to tired, happy bellies. An ambitious, cocktail program, aided by an expert hand behind the bar, pairs effortlessly with the seasonal fare.

Bank + Vine opens on Saturday, August 1 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.. Reservations are required.

We were happy to stop in, happier to sample a few dishes and inspired to share the experience. We also snapped a few pics. Check out Bank + Vine.

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