TYRONE - The former Burley's Restaurant will reopen under a new name with a different menu.
Matt Levine will reopen the 954 Pennsylvania Ave. restaurant April 5 as Burley's Pub.
"The word pub implies casual," said Levine, a Bellefonte native who worked as a sous chef at Burley's Restaurant.
Levine, who has worked in the restaurant business for 18 years, said he was approached by building owner Donald L. Hollenbach, who served as manager at Burley's, about reopening the business which closed at the end of January.
"He presented the idea to me and asked me if I would like to design a new menu," Levine said. "I am looking at this as a good opportunity for me to be creative and to provide a menu that will provide people with good choices. If I put everything together right it can be a success."
The menu will have a different concept than the menu at Burley's, a fine dining restaurant.
"The menu will be a little lighter. We have added more sandwiches and bar-oriented foods like reuben and pork sandwiches. We will also have fried foods like french fries," Levine said.
Burley's Pub will also offer steaks, seafood and pasta dishes.
"I don't foresee anything over $20," Levine said. "We will offer good food in a nice casual atmosphere; you don't need a suit and a tie."
Angie Singer Keating, co-founder and vice president of compliance and security at Reclamere Inc. - located across the street - was pleased to hear the restaurant will reopen.
"I am so happy. Tyrone needs more businesses," Keating said. "I am so happy for them. This is more in keeping with the town folks; we just want it good."
Business hours will be 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
"Initially, we will just serve dinner. After a couple of weeks, we plan to be open 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for lunch and Sunday brunch," Levine said.
Burley's Pub will employ about 10 full- and part-time people.
The telephone number is 684-7858.
Mirror Staff Writer Walt Frank is at 946-7467.