Here’s a look at what’s going on in Lehigh Valley and beyond.
Shake shack at Lehigh Valley Mall, which opened near the main entrance on MacArthur Road on Wednesday. The hamburger chain started out as a hot dog cart in New York’s Madison Square Park, according to Shake Shack’s website, which also boasts the company’s support for the LGBTQ + community.
The restaurants are supposed to be a modern roadside burger stand, with a menu of burgers, hot dogs, french fries, shakes, custard and drinks. The chain’s’ Shroom Burger is a meatless option with a portobello mushroom stuffed with Gruyere and Cheddar cheese.
Shake Shack has grown to around 220 domestic locations since first opening in New York, with an additional 100 international shacks. The company trades as SHAK on the New York Stock Exchange and has a market capitalization (total value of shares outstanding) of approximately $ 3 billion. The market value of the much larger McDonald’s Corp. chain is nearly $ 200 billion. Shake Shack stock has traded as high as $ 138.38 and as high as $ 66.26 for the past 52 weeks, with a 50-day moving average of around $ 76.
Recreational marijuana could be coming to Phillipsburg The apothecary at 55 S. Main St. The pharmacy only sells medical marijuana patients in New Jersey right now, but “adult use” – the state term for recreational marijuana – may be on the way. New Jersey may begin licensing recreational sales to anyone age 21 and older in March. Phillipsburg City Council has endorsed licensing The Apothecarium for recreational sales. Additionally, the council needs to put limits on where other marijuana businesses will open in Phillipsburg. The state cannabis regulatory commission says it won’t issue recreational selling licenses to companies that violate local regulations.
The Apothecarium is a short walk from the Free Bridge that connects Easton and Phillipsburg, but Pennsylvania still prohibits recreational sales and cannabis possession.
the Grove Street Pub and Grill is open on Howertown Road in Catasauqua on the site of the former Blue Monkey Sportsbar. On the menu is the Grover Sampler with boneless wings, onion straws, potato peels and Pepper Jack Bites; Nachos, homemade crispy mozzarella, various burgers, salads, sandwiches, with starters from USD 10 for macaroni and cheese, USD 15 for shrimp and andouille jambalaya, up to USD 22 for a full rack of ribs.
Hellertown will soon have a Thai restaurant when it opens La Kang Thai noodle bar at 620 Main St., an offshoot of La Kang Thai French on South Greenwood Avenue in Palmer Township. The Hellertown restaurant will replace the former Sagra bistro.
Sunnie’s Bake Shoppe now serves the Stewartsville area of Warren County. The bakery at 519 450 County Road was known as Buttercups, but has recently changed its name. The staff and products will remain in place, according to Sunnie’s Facebook posts.
Isabella’s pizza, from East Allen Township, has left his Imperial Plaza restaurant behind and moved down the street. The new Isabella’s is located on 7200 Airport Road, the former home of Red Tomato 2, which has consolidated into its Lehigh County restaurant. Imperial Plaza, a mall on the southwest corner of Route 329 and Airport Road, was cleared as part of plans for a warehouse. There is already a warehouse at the southeast corner of the intersection. This big box is still for rent.
the New balance Shop on the Boardwalk Shops in Saucon Valley is closed. The shop next to the Louie bar sold sportswear and shoes. The Boston-based chain was turned into a shoe giant by Jim Davis that now holds a spot on the Fortune list of the richest Americans. New Balance has a manufacturing presence in the United States.
Boyers Market Closed for the last time on Christmas Eve, according to a Facebook post by the company. The deli had been a fixture at 1104 Airport Road in Amity Township, Berks County for decades. Boyer’s sold hoagies, sandwiches, soup, and salad.
After some renovation work, the passage is open MC Donalds at 2553 Nazareth Road in Easton opened on Thursday. The inside of the restaurant is not yet open as there is still work going on in the lobby.