Stroudsburg’s Hideaway Cocktail and Tapas Bar looks to attract working professionals

Barry Lynch sits at the bar of Lynch's Hideway in Stroudsburg on Thursday, January 12, 2012. The location has undergone extensive renovation.

The Hideaway Cocktail and Tapas Bar — the last piece of the Galmay Corp’s business project at 700 Main St. in Stroudsburg — will have a grand reopening today at 5:30 p.m.

The event includes a complimentary wine tasting conducted by Southern Wine and Spirits, which is expected to become a monthly feature, and the unveiling of seven brands of Scotch unique to the area.

The wine tasting and varieties of Scotch are part of the business plan to draw working professionals.

“The town needs a place for people to go after a show at the Sherman Theater, a movie or dinner,” Lynch said. “We’re trying to capture the after-work crowd, the courthouse crowd, the Pocono Medical Center crowd and the ESU faculty.”

Adjacent businesses Sarah’s Corner Cafe, Jock N’ Jill’s Sports Bar and Grill and Grace O’Malley’s Irish Pub also are under the umbrella of Galmay Corp. President Barry Lynch recently received for the second straight year the Irish Hospitality 50 award that recognizes leaders in the guest services industry from hotels to restaurants to sommeliers.

This evening’s grand opening features free offerings from the tapas menu that includes Guinness and steak pie, calamari a la caper, vegetable tempura, baked Brie, crab cake Benedict and chicken osso bucco.

Hideaway patrons also can order from the menus that have been expanded from eight to 22 selections at the other Galmay establishments.

The Hideaway’s extensive listing of eight martinis will be featured on Saturday evening and include tiramisu martini, candy apple martini and new additions The Gentleman and Island Pool.

The bar actually had a soft launch last March when the other businesses opened in time for the St. Patrick’s Day parade and festivities downtown. Stroudsburg craftsman Logan Baum hand-designed an electric-powered fireplace from ash wood. The bathrooms were remodeled.

Hideaway Cocktail and Tapas Bar offers a literary setting, with faux library index card drawers to bookshelves stacked with second-half volumes purchased from Back Door Books in Brodheadsville. The chairs and tables were shipped in from Ireland. “The way they’re made, they’ll last for generations,” Lynch said.

Prints of Irish poet and playwright literary legends are hung around the room, such as James Joyce, W.B. Yeats,George Bernard Shaw, Samuel Beckett, Lady Gregory, John B. Keane, Sean O’Casey and Brendan Behan.

Lynch said he already has seen some patrons pick out a book and sit by the fireplace for long reading breaks.

Source: Wayne Witkowski, poconorecord.com

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