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South Side restaurant expands clientele

Aiming to keep a family-friendly atmosphere while attracting area professionals looking for an adult beverage, the owner of South Side Restaurant & Pizzeria, at 324 W Southern Ave., opened a tavern adjacent to the current location.

Brian Haller, owner, said since opening the South Side Tavern the community response has been overwhelmingly positive.

“We wanted to better compliment our food menu with a better selection of adult beverages,” he said.

The tavern offers a notably different vibe from the Italian restaurant just a few steps away.

“Once people come in, try it and see it, because it’s got such a cool vibe they are sold right away and they become regulars,” said Haller.

For almost nine months Haller dedicated nearly every extra hour he had to renovate the space and hone its rustic, but modern aesthetic.

“It’s brand new and sparkling clean… It’s a place where professionals seem to gravitate toward,” he said. “I have a lot of business people, lawyers and doctors, that’s kind of like our clientele over there.”

Far from a place which invites the boisterous and irascible, the South Side Tavern is a relaxed setting with Four Ultra High-Definition televisions which often play host to the “blue and white” — either Penn State or South Williamsport High School sports.

“It’s kind of like a really cool place for people who are looking for an alternative to crowded, younger bars,” said Haller.

The separation between the two, however, means that those who are normally averse to taverns needn’t be alarmed by the addition.

“If people are kind of opposed to bars, but they want to go out to eat, they can still go in the restaurant, and they don’t even know we have a tavern,” said Haller. “But if somebody wants the tavern environment, great TVs in a cool vibe, then they can go to the other side.”

The South Side Restaurant & Pizzeria still features their homemade menu featuring their popular lasagna, chicken parmesan, pizza, cheesesteaks, subs, and salads, he said.

The bread is also homemade and always fresh, said Haller.

“We bake small batches of bread all day long so the sandwich rolls and bread that we serve are right out of the oven,” he said. “All of our dough, sauces, and entrees are made in house along with some signature appetizers, dressings, and desserts.”

The twin operations are also used to support the local community in business sponsorships such as: The South Williamsport Mummers’ Parade, The South Williamsport Marching Band Trailer, the Mounties Gridiron Club, and Little Mountaineer Little League, among many others.

Operating hours for the restaurant are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. While adult beverages are available all day, The tavern is open noon on Saturdays and Sundays and at 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Tavern is open late night Wednesday through Saturday.

Carry-out and delivery orders are also available.

The Tavern is open for party reservations in the off hours for parties or special occasions.

Those interested in more information or ordering may call 570-323-4045.

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