The towering willow that gave the Willowtree Inn its name still stands over the outdoor patio, where the institution's staff has been serving comfort-food classics for more than 25 years. Inside the kitchen, the cooks prepare offerings from an eclectic menu spanning everything from burgers to chicken marsala. For private events, they go above and beyond by recreating dishes from the hosts' family recipes. On Thursdays and Fridays, the tunes of live entertainment permeate the dining room.
Determined to pursue a career in the culinary arts, executive chef Evan Kechely mastered his craft in the kitchens of restaurants, country clubs, assisted-living facilities, farmers' markets, and other venues, opting to learn by doing rather than attending culinary school. His experiences shaped his ingredient-driven and sustainable approach to meals, leading him to fill Leaf's menu with farm-to-plate options built from locally sourced meats and produce. Kechely has also learned that beer and food go together as well as camping and boy-scout repellant, and his staff is able to recommend a brew for any dish on the menu. In addition to pairing suds with the various dishes, staffers can suggest premium cigars that can enhance flavor profiles. The eatery's advanced ventilation system even allows visitors to indulge in a puff without disturbing neighboring patrons or forcing them to stare at failed smoke-ring attempts.
At Hyperion Hair Salon, a collection of licensed stylists and nail technicians share more than 50 years of combined experience as they cater to individual beauty needs. They deftly cut the hair of women, men, and children, offering extra treatments such as texture perms, keratin treatments, and hair extensions. They also use hair-color products from Framesi for highlights and single-process treatments.
The Steel Pub’s interior draws its inspiration from the location’s former tenants—Bethlehem Steel—by incorporating decorative flourishes such as red- and white-striped walls, exposed duct work, and a horseshoe-shaped bar encased in corrugated steel. An industrial-style garage door crafted from steel and glass opens up to an outside patio where patrons can sip beers amid the otherworldly glow emitted from the nearby Bethlehem Steel blast furnace. A 40-foot window near the bar bestows guests with views of the pub’s other neighbor, The Steel Ice Center, whose hockey players and rogue ice sculptors choreograph a steady stream of activity on the sidewalk.
Out of sight, chefs compile 15 different handheld meals using locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. They infuse Stryker Farm bratwursts with Weyerbacher craft ale and blend beef chuck and brisket to serve as the base for burgers topped with fried shallots or wing sauce. To accompany these rib-sticking morsels, they slave over pots of homemade sides and starters such as french 5 onion soup and buffalo-chicken dip.
From the old film reels hanging from the ceiling to the Beatles memorabilia and movie props on the walls, Deja Brew is steeped in a sense of nostalgia. The same devotion to classic creations can be seen in the café's menu, which christens several sandwiches using references to everything from Bethlehem Steel to Pulp Fiction. Along with burgers, salads, and fresh soups, Deja Brew serves a variety of teas and classic espresso drinks and brews cups of coffee from its in-house Colombian blend, rather than the supermarket's bags of arabica and pinto beans.
It?s all about options at Stadium Bar & Grill. Take the kitchen, for example. There, chefs make macaroni and cheese four ways, tossing in added ingredients like jalapenos, hamburger, philly steak, and crispy bacon. The classic grilled cheese sandwich, meanwhile, is remade six ways, getting a crunchy kick from tortilla chips or a sophisticated spin with rosemary, thyme, and a red wine reduction. Even french fries are dolled up with a choice of extras such as house-made gravy, blue cheese crumbles, or brown sugar. And, as if that wasn't enough sheer variety, chefs leave it up to guests to choose their own toppings for burgers, hot dogs, and pizzas.
When it comes to entertainment, the options are just as plentiful. Inside the bar, flat screen TVs pepper the walls, playing a variety of sports games at once. Between bites, patrons can work on their hand-eye coordination during rounds of pool, while an outdoor patio provides plenty of umbrellas for patrons who want to sip a beer in the shade or garnish a really big cocktail.