Since March, the pandemic has left many cities scrambling to recover from the mess left in its wake. However, Mahoning County’s restaurant and bar scene has emerged stronger than ever – with ten new dining spaces opening up! Check out what they’re serving below.
Beef and Keg
Just last month, a Mahoning Valley staple, Johnny’s Fine Food and Spirits, closed – then reopened as its casual counterpart, Beef and Keg. Located in the Boardman Center shopping plaza (west of Southern Park Mall), Beef and Keg features classic pub food and drinks, and a new outdoor patio. Visit Beef and Keg’s website for hours and daily specials.
Gringo’s | Tacos Tequila & Mezcal Bar
Gringo’s, a new taco, tequila and mezcal bar, is coming soon to Downtown Youngstown! The restaurant will be located on Phelps Street and feature a variety of tacos, 30+ types of salsa, mole sauce and more. Check Gringo’s Facebook page for opening day updates.
Tebo’s Caribbean Cuisine
In Youngstown, we have plenty of pizza, ice cream and Italian, but no Caribbean cuisine – until now. Two brothers born in Jamaica opened Tebo’s Caribbean Cuisine just last month in Boardman with a menu full of Caribbean-style dishes like cabbage and rice and red beans. The reviews? Fantastic so far! View more details on the Mahoning County Take-Out Facebook page.
Wok It Out, currently located in Boardman, is opening a second location in Canfield! Wok It Out blends the fresh flavors of California with the tastes of Asian cooking to serve up a variety of noodle fusion dishes, dumplings and other Asian-inspired street food. Keep an eye on the Wok It Out Canfield Facebook page for opening day updates.
Frenchy’s Irish Pub and Grill
What was once O’Donald’s Irish Pub in Austintown has now transformed into Frenchy’s Irish Pub & Grill. The French family, who also owns Quench in Boardman, purchased the restaurant just before the pandemic and has since been working on extensive renovations, including a remodel of their large outdoor patio space. Frenchy’s is slated to open by the end of August.
Prima Cucina Italiana
The new Prima Cucina Italiana recently opened up in Downtown Youngstown, taking over the space formerly occupied by Roberto’s Ristorante. On the menu, you’ll find a selection of Italian appetizers, as well as first and second course dishes. Visitors can make reservations online for the restaurant’s indoor seating, safely separated by plexiglass dividers, or their socially distanced outdoor seating.
YOSTERIA is Youngstown’s newest pizza spot, located on 3649 Canfield Rd in Cornersburg. Southern Italian techniques are used at this shop to deliver rustic hand-crafted pizzas, fresh-baked loaves of Italian bread, focaccia and sugar-coated fried dough (pizza fritt). Online and phone ordering options are available on the store’s website. Open Friday & Saturday.
Opening Monday, August 31, the restaurant will be located at 1051 Boardman-Poland Rd. in Boardman. They serve authentic BBQ made from the freshest, most delectable ingredients, and serve it to you in a patriotic dining room filled with tributes to our service members. Follow their Facebook page for updates and get a sneak peek on Friday, August 28 from 6-9pm at Military Appreciation Night. All proceeds from the evening will benefit USO of Northern Ohio.
Downtown Struthers’ newest bar and restaurant, Social 22, offers visitors an inviting pub-style experience with a full menu, live music and frequent events. Visit Social 22’s Facebook page for event updates and daily specials.
Bruno Brothers Pizza in Boardman recently expanded with the opening of their new concept, Bar Bruno. While the full menu will still be served at Bruno Brothers, you can now try a few new specialty items and drinks on the attached Bar Bruno side of the restaurant. Also FYI – another Bruno Brothers Pizza will be opening soon in Struthers!
Which new restaurant do you plan on trying first? For more information about dining in Youngstown and all things happening in Mahoning County, visit our website.