New restaurant coming to Lock Haven

LOCK HAVEN — City Council approved a liquor license transfer for a proposed new restaurant Monday night.

Bob Masorti told council that he and Gio Montarsi plan to build a restaurant at the corner of Bellefonte Avenue and North Jones Street. They plan to tear down the former Wolf’s Camera Shop and build on that corner and the grassy plot next to it, putting to good use more than 80 feet of Bellefonte Avenue frontage, Masorti said.

The liquor license originally was for the former Grieco’s in Lock Haven. Masorti said he moved it to Renovo for Big Louie’s Pizza, which since has closed. Now that council has given it the green light, the license can return to Lock Haven for the new venture, to be called The Italian Corner Sub and Bottle Shop.

The restaurant will sell six-packs, subs and other food, Masorti said, with parking in the rear and the access from North Jones Street. He said he envisions it as similar to the bar at the Dutch Haven.

The building also may have apartments above it, he said.

Construction could begin this summer.

Montarsi owns Gio’s hair salon at the other corner of this same Bellefonte Avenue block, which also includes one house, between the salon and the site of the proposed restaurant. The house has nothing to do with the restaurant planning, Masorti said.