A new business is coming to the former space where the Rivertown Pub and Grill operated at 118 Third St. in Leechburg.
In 2019, Hyde Park resident Chris Frank came up with the idea of opening a pool hall with his friend, Kevin McKee, to provide a space for people to play pool, tournaments and games. leagues and family fun. Frank had no previous business experience, but McKee owned a construction company.
Frank said finding a home for their business idea took some time because they couldn’t find a building for it.
The couple considered opening up to Apollo and Vandergrift before securing a location in Leechburg. Frank said the owner of the Rivertown Pub and Grill was looking to put the place up for sale so he could retire.
Frank purchased the building on June 6. McKee died in April before he could see the idea come to fruition. In his memory, the bar is called SharpShooters Bar & Grill, inspired by the name of their pool league team “Sharpshooting”.
“The paperwork has arrived for this building, and I wanted to continue this in his memory to see what we can accomplish,” Frank, 31, said.
His wife, Ashleigh, 33, will run the business. She brings six years of experience as a bartender. She said she had an idea of how to run a bar, but was ready to figure it all out over time.
“I’m excited and a little nervous. I’m excited to see what this brings to the city,” she said.
The couple said three employees who previously worked for Rivertown Pub and Grill will work at the new location.
Renovations are underway in the building to expand the main bar, create space for the billiard room and modernize the kitchen area. Chris Frank said the timeline for renovations will depend on the supplies and equipment they receive.
“We want to keep an open mind about the opening date,” he said.
Frank said the restaurant will include a room with six pool tables, a bar and skill game machines. The menu will feature typical bar food, including appetizers, hoagies and sandwiches; and drinks such as alcohol and beer – cans and drafts. The couple envision the place being open every day at lunchtime to provide a take-out experience for customers.
“We want to give them something easy to understand,” Ashleigh Frank said.
The pair are aiming for a soft opening in August and a grand opening a week later.
Chris Frank looks forward to serving the Leechburg community.
“This street is very busy and we are excited to bring something new to people. We know a lot of people who have been here at the previous establishment and will want to see how it has improved,” he said. he declares.
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