By Karen Blackledge
The Danville News
DANVILLE — An Italian restaurant will open in the space formerly occupied by Mulberry’s Restaurant at 336 Mill St.
Owners Drew Casale and his fiancée, Lisa Griess, plan a “soft opening” of their new business, Carmen’s Restaurant, about April 15.
They are leasing the space, which has been vacant for nearly three years, from owner Michael Kuziak, of the Danville area.
Applications for all positions are being accepted at the restaurant site. Signs posted on the windows advertise the opening of the restaurant and ask interested parties to apply within.
Casale didn’t have an exact number on how many employees would be hired.
The restaurant will be casual Italian with everything homemade, including sauces, lasagna, ravioli and manicotti. The desserts will also be all homemade, he said.
The restaurant is named for Casale’s grandmother, the late Carmen Genoa, of Williamsport, who taught him Italian cooking.
They will serve lunch, which will include sandwiches, and dinner. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
A liquor license is being transferred to the new restaurant owners but isn’t expected in time for the soft opening.
There is seating for about 150, including a banquet room.
Casale, who is originally from Williamsport, operated a restaurant in Williamsport for about 18 years. He has taken food and hospitality courses at The Pennsylvania College of Technology’s School of Hospitality.
He and Griess live in White Deer.
Matson Pierce owned and operated Mulberry’s as a bar and restaurant for some time before closing the business.