From new apartments getting approved to restaurants reopening and ready to serve, here’s your weekly rundown of what’s happening with businesses near you.
88 K-POT: Bethlehem Square Mall, 3926 Nazareth Pike, Bethlehem Township
All-you-can-eat Korean BBQ is coming, with 88 K-Pot opening perhaps in December near the Wine & Spirits store in the mall.
The menu features barbecue and hotpot dishes. Dishes include kimchi (spicy salted and fermented vegetables), beef, pork, and more. “Hot pot” food is prepared by adding meat, mushrooms, seafood, spices and other ingredients to a boiling pot of broth.
Bethlehem Square is located at the southeast corner of the intersection of Nazareth Pike (also called Linden Street and Route 191) and Route 22. Anchor tenants include Giant, Walmart, and Home Depot. Read the full story.
AIR PRODUCTS & CHEMICALS INC.: 7201 Hamilton Blvd., Upper Macungie Township
The global industrial gases company has expanded its operations in the Middle East. Air Products’ joint venture in Saudi Arabia has acquired an industrial gas company for an undisclosed price.
Abdullah Hashim Industrial Gases & Equipment has acquired Khafrah Industrial Gases from Paris-based Air Liquide SA. The Khafrah company supplies bulk liquid and specialty gases.
Air Products has been an investor in Abdullah Hashim Industrial Gases & Equipment for over ten years. Read more.
ANATOLIAN KITCHEN: 3016 Linden St., Bethlehem
The Mediterranean restaurant is still closed for renovations, according to a sign at the Taylor Court, Bethlehem, business.
No reopening date has been set. The restaurant served kebab, gyros, hummus, lamb, chicken and beef, along with vegetarian choices, when it was open.
CAVALUZZO’S PASTA, STEAKS & SUBS: 1328 Chestnut St., Emmaus
The heritage-listed Emmaus borough restaurant will close on October 2, and with Cavaluzzo’s closed for holiday this week, fans have just two weeks left to get their last pizza and steaks.
After 36 years, the owners of the pizza restaurant are retiring. Gary and Helen Cavaluzzo said on social media it’s time to end their long run and spend more time with family. The restaurant will be closed for holidays until September 20th and then close for good on October 2nd.
“We want to say a big thank you to all of you for everything, you have been the most loyal customer base a business owner could have asked for,” the restaurant said on social media. Get the details.
COHERENT CORP.: 2251 Newlins Mill Road, Palmer Township
Formerly known as II-VI (pronounced “two-six”), the high-tech conglomerate has taken the name from a company that acquired it. The maker of semiconductor materials, networking equipment and lasers is now known as Coherent Corp. after the acquisition of Coherent Inc.
The new Coherent Corp. is located in Saxonburg, near Pittsburgh, and has locations in Palmer Township. The old II-VI also adopted the COHR ticker symbol. Shares in the company are traded on the NASDAQ market.
Also last week, Coherent announced a contract with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. That agency, also known as DARPA, is the research and development division of the United States Department of Defense. DARPA helped create the Internet.
The Coherent contract should support DARPA’s goal of promoting communication between groups of satellites, known as constellations. Read more.
FIRST PARK 33: Tatamy Road, Palmer Township
The council’s board of trustees approved a conditional use application (for a use that is permitted but subject to conditions by the council) for four industrial buildings on Tatamy Road, between Newlins Mill and Corriere roads.
The four distribution buildings will cover a land area of 66.4 hectares. The square footage of some of the planned buildings was reduced to allow for more greenery on the site.
The plan also eliminated rows of parking to add about 3.4 acres of open land. In addition, verges and buffers will be built between the company buildings and the nearby residential areas. Read the full story.
PHYSICAL THERAPY & BALANCE CENTERS: 1146 S. Cedar Crest Blvd., Salisbury Township
The Florida-based chain plans to open three physical therapy clinics in the Lehigh Valley within two years. The first is at 1146 S. Cedar Crest Blvd. in Salisbury, near Lehigh Valley Hospital.
That clinic will open in six months. The lease for that site was negotiated by Mark Magasich of NAI Summit, a commercial real estate company.
The other two locations have not yet been chosen and will open in a few years.
Founded in 2012, Fyzical has more than 470 centers in 45 states. Read more.
RADISH REPUBLIC: 21 N. Seventh St., Allentown
The story of the specialty store ends after three years. The last day of the operation will be September 30, according to a social media post from the store.
Radish Republic sold fresh local produce, prepared foods, baked goods and frozen foods. The store is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. as usual until September 30. More information.
THE RESERVE AT PALMER POINTE: 3100 Charlotte Ave., Palmer Township
Developer Palmer Pointe OE LLC went back to the council’s zoning to appeal the project. That injunction says the developer is violating a 2016 conditional occupancy approval from the city and a building facade violates designs submitted six years ago.
The developer states that it is not out of line. Palmer’s hearing council will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday to announce a decision. Read all about it.
SHIFT4PAYMENTS INC.: 2209 N. Irving St., Allentown
The payment processing company introduced SkyTab POS, a POS system for restaurants. Point-of-sale technology is the modern equivalent of a cash register, accepting debit, credit and other forms of payment. Hanover Township, Lehigh County-based Shift4 said SkyTab is being used at the United Center in Chicago and the Toyota Center in Houston.
Shift4 was founded as a teenager by Jared Isaacman. Isaacman, now 39, is currently a billionaire, according to Forbes. Get more details.
SOUTH BETHLEHEM MIXED-USE BUILDINGS: 117 E. Fourth St., 30 W. Fourth St., 319-327 S. New St.
The city planning commission has approved three separate mixed-use buildings for South Bethlehem.
Developer Dennis Benner’s proposal is for an eight-story building with 70 apartments and first-floor retail space on half an acre at 117 E. Fourth St., the site of the former Southside Bethlehem Boys & Girls Club.
Benner is also behind the planned seven-story building of 25 apartments and first-floor retail space, perhaps a restaurant, at 30 W. Fourth St. The building at that location is now being demolished.
The third development will take place at 319-327 S. New St., an eight-story building with 47 apartments and a restaurant headed by Chef Rafael Palomino, one of the developers. His other restaurants include Tapas on Main in Bethlehem and Mesa Modern Mexican, Easton.
Palomino is working with Clark + Quinn Development Group on the South New Street plan. Read the full story.
UPPERSTOW REHABILITATION: Allentown, New Tripoli, Whitehall Township
Transform Rehabilitation’s physical therapy clinics in Allentown, New Tripoli and Whitehall are now part of Upstream, which owns or operates more than 1,200 locations in the US
Alabama-based Upstream has not disclosed details of the transaction. Kyle Lance and Thomas Fraind founded Transform in 2018.
Upstream Rehabilitation also operates the Drayer Physical Therapy brand, which has more than 60 clinics in Pennsylvania. Get the details.
WAWA: 4089 Jandy Blvd., Lower Nazareth Township
The Lehigh Valley’s newest Wawa is open Friday. The supermarket/gas station is on the east side of Nazareth Pike/Route 191, just south of the Borough of Nazareth.
The store opened with giveaways and charitable contributions. The Jandy Boulevard Wawa will employ a total of approximately 50 people and provide the full range of Wawa beverages and prepared and packaged food products. Read all about it.
Plans for a new Wawa in Bethlehem Township remain on hold. The city’s zoning board said Tuesday it does not have jurisdiction to hear an appeal for a retail store at 4900 Freemansburg Ave., which also has two apartment buildings and a bank planned. That’s in an area known as Harvey’s Corner.
Another meeting – the third to date for this location – will be held on December 21.
DOUBLETREE HOTEL: 701 Penn St., Reading
The hotel has expanded its catering business with private jets taking off from Reading Regional Airport. Meals for crew and passengers are delivered from the center of Reading hotel to the airport in Bern Township.
Diversification of hotel and event space provides an opportunity to diversify business, after COVID-19 has entered the hospitality industry.
“It’s a great opportunity to get out of the pandemic to take advantage of the relationships and trust we built prior to the pandemic,” said Dan Hoch, head of business development. Read the full story.
BEACH THEATRE: 32 N. Whiteoak St., Kutztown
The future of the theater is uncertain. The Strand closed in June when longtime owner Paul Angstadt, a former mayor of Reading, died.
The nonprofit Kutztown Community Partnership has discussed purchasing the building to continue the theater tradition, but KCP would need grants and donations to keep it going.
If the partnership buys the theater, the site can be used for community events, but there are no firm plans.
Berks County has set aside $270,013 in federal U.S. rescue plans for KCP to purchase and save the Strand, subject to other grants and agreements. Read more.
BUDD LAKE DELI II: Hackettstown
A man who, according to police, was intoxicated drove into Budd Lake Bagel & Deli II Sunday night, closing the store indefinitely. The driver said he swerved to dodge a deer on Route 57 and ended up in the bagel shop. The police did not accept that excuse. No one was injured in the crash.
The other Budd Lake Bagel & Deli on Route 46 in Budd Lake, Morris County will remain open.