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A new bar and grill is set to open this spring along East Sixth Avenue in Tarentum.
Ales on 6th, housed on the ground level of the Tarentum Hotel, is the venture of five cousins with ties to the Alle-Kiski Valley.
“We want to bring something fun and new to town,” said Joe Albaugh, a Harrison native and former Brackenridge police officer, who is one of the owners.
“We plan to have something going on all the time, from trivia to karaoke to dart tournaments. We welcome families and think it will be a good atmosphere for everyone.”
The other co-owners are Michael Albaugh, Luke Thimons, Anthony Monico and Nick Thimons.
With a whopping 24 beers on tap, the bar also is hoping to draw customers for its homestyle food, Albaugh said. The menu will include wings, burgers, pizza and hoagies.
General manager Leisha Reid, a Highlands alum who lives in Freeport, is scheduled to attend a food show in early April to choose unique specialties.
An outdoor patio will expand seating space when the weather cooperates. In all, the bar has room for up to 150 people.
Reid said the bar will provide as many as 15 jobs, including wait staff, cooks and dishwashers.
She plans to have a rotating events list that includes live bands, a DJ, pool contests and more.
“We want it to be fun,” Reid said, “not just a normal, plain bar.”
Albaugh, who also works as a real estate agent, wasn’t looking to switch professions but didn’t want to miss the chance to work with family.
“We were at a birthday party, sitting around the fire and talking about how cool it would be to buy a local place,” said Albaugh, a 2012 graduate of St. Joseph High School in Harrison. “We decided to all put our money together and do it.”
The venture has been “tons of work,” Albaugh said. Even more than he expected.
The owners decided to renovate the space completely, transforming it into a modern, open room with epoxy bar tops and a geometric design on the walls.
There are hanging pendant lights and big-screen TVs behind the bar, along with two pool tables, two dart boards and five electronic lottery skills machines.
Hours are tentatively 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.
Albaugh said a late-night kitchen will offer fried appetizers and other specials through 1 a.m.
“I’m excited about a new experience,” Albaugh said.
He expects to open in early May.
“We are looking to always offer a good time,” Reid said. “There will always be something going on.”
Tawnya Panizzi is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tawnya at 724-226-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter .