Williamsport's business landscape constantly is changing, and the opening in mid-April of The Brickyard Restaurant & Ale House is perhaps one of the more exciting additions to the downtown restaurant atmosphere.
With its brick walls, wood floors and long bar, the restaurant has a certain old-time pub feel to it.
Charles Imbro and his business partner, Dave Hertwig, felt the downtown could certainly use another spot for people to enjoy casual dining or just a beer after work.
Staff members of the Brickyard pose outside the downtown restaurant.
"We believe in the downtown," said Imbro, who also owns Barrel 135 on West Third Street.
Patrons have been flocking to the Brickyard in the short time it's been open.
And, on nicer days and evenings of the spring, many customers have taken advantage of the outdoor patio to have a drink or a bite to eat.
Brickyard Restaurant and Ale House
343 Pine St., Suite 3
Mon. to Sun., 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
"We have been very happy," Imbro said.
The restaurant is part of a courtyard complex just off Pine Street that Imbro is hoping develops into an exciting part of the downtown.
Plans call for apartments over the restaurant and shops throughout the complex.
Walls of the Brickyard are decorated with various objects, including road signs, wooden airplane propellers and old bicycles.
Sports fans can catch some of their favorite teams on any one of the more than half-dozen televisions.
The Brickyard can accommodate more than 100 customers inside the restaurant. Another 30 to 40 people can eat in the courtyard.
The menu features soups, salads, various sandwiches and wraps, steak and fries, penne pasta, grilled marinated chicken breast and desserts.
But many people come for the burgers, Imbro said.
The burgers are certified Angus Chuck, including the restaurant's all-natural burgers.
A menu from the restaurant says it all about the burgers: "This is why we're here."
Or, as Imbro put it: "It's all about the burger."
The Brickyard really is about dining for people of all ages.
"It's family friendly and casual," added Brickyard General Manager Tony Ecker.
Imbro said he wants to be part of the downtown renaissance that is overtaking the city.
"Downtown is fairly safe," he said. "Some people have the misconception it isn't."
The restaurant serves lunches and dinners seven days a week, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.