Hotel Bar gets an upgrade, opening up some new possibilities

Friday, October 13th, 2017 at 6:00 AM

The Edinboro Hotel Bar has been something owner Pat Hargest has known for most his life. A native of Edinboro, graduating from General McLane and then Edinboro University in 1994, Hargest spent his high school days cleaning the bathrooms at the bar. As the years progressed, he worked his way up the ranks from bartender, to manager, to part-owner and finally in 2007, to sole owner of The Hotel.

“For the last 10 years or more, I have wanted to remodel the place,” Hargest said. “I’ve always wanted to redo the bathrooms because when I bought the place, the bathrooms were still the same as when I cleaned them in high school.”

The new and improved bathrooms won’t be in the same place returning alumni will remember them being. Originally at the front of the bar, the now handicap accessible and ADA compliant facilities have been placed in the back room by the pool tables and games area.

The bathrooms are just the start of the renovations the Hotel Bar has been working on since last year. In the back room, a new, glossed wood piece has been used as a centerpiece table to separate the seating and the games area. Also, the main area of the bar has all new flooring, a new liquor island, a state-of-the-art draft system and a new stage area where the old bathrooms used to be located. That stage area has opened up new possibilities, giving a place to hold open mic nights on Wednesdays, karaoke on Thursdays and live music on Fridays and Saturdays.

Physical improvements haven’t been the only focus the Edinboro Hotel Bar has been working on; they are also working on their reputation.     “Don’t get me wrong, we are still a late night place that the college kids come to have drinks, dance, karaoke and everything else, but during the day and during dinner time, we wanted to focus more on a better menu,” Hargest said. “Even by upgrading the bathrooms, that has helped build the business a little more because now we have families able to come in and have a safe bathroom to go into.” 

Food has been a huge focal point. The bar used to be known for just pub-style food, but now Hargest has turned this image around by pushing for food items like, “steaks, pastas, salads and anything else you would want, we even cater now,” he explained.  “It’s all about changing our old image.”

“The bar just has an easier flow,” Hargest stated. You can see it for yourself this homecoming weekend — The Edinboro Hotel Bar will open up this Saturday at 9 a.m. with all three entrances available. There will be a grill outside, two bars open inside and live music.

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