A taste of soul food arrives this summer on Harrisburg’s Restaurant Row.
In a few weeks, Joe and Antoinette Hobbs will be opening Nyree’s Restaurant & Lounge in the former Bridges Social Club at 321 N. Second St.
The couple were drawn to the four-story French Quarter-style building, which was constructed around 1900. The Hobbs, who also own “Nyree’s: A Taste of Comfort” in Lower Allen Township, lease the property and acquire a property. liquor license. .
âThe energy was great,â said Joe Hobbs. âIt was almost like when we walked in, the club had its arms open,â you’re home. “
Last year, the couple opened Nyree’s at Shoppes at Cedar Cliff, specializing in soul food like baked turkey wings, fried catfish, oxtails and barbecue chicken. The new restaurant will have a similar menu with a few additions such as a late night take out menu with chicken wings, fried fish and shrimp, fried okra, fries and onion rings.
In the meantime, they are waiting for a liquor license transfer before opening the show, hopefully this fall. Hobbs said he will feature jazz and blues music and will likely operate with a dress code and an over 30 age limit.
He stressed that they are not interested in catering to the late night bar crowd and will hire security guards on weekends. The bridges had been the scene of recurring violence including a shooting inside the club in November 2019.
âWe understand the problems they had there, so we don’t want that at all,â he said.
Hobbs is not new to Harrisburg. For a short time in 2013-14, he operated Nyree’s at the corner of Market and Cameron streets, but closed because he said the neighborhood was too dangerous.
As a self-taught cook, he said he learned to manage in the kitchen by watching the Food Network. In addition to a soul food menu, the Hobbs want to host events such as couples candle light evenings and Sundays with oldies, jazz and Motown music.
âHarrisburg is so diverse, with so many social backgrounds,â Hobbs said. âSo I think our food will really bridge a gap. “
The restaurant will operate seven days a week.