Levels on Linden in Scranton features food, drink, floors of entertainment
SCRANTON — Jim Sperrazza’s goal is to create a venue everyone can enjoy.
The owner of Levels on Linden renovated 519 Linden St. (formerly Tinks and Mulligan’s) to develop a multi-dimensional drinking, dining and entertainment experience. With five floors, Levels offers an upscale bar menu, several bars and live musical entertainment on one or multiple floors on any given night.
Sperrazza said the Levels basement will be available to rent out for private parties and banquets when it opens.
“We’re also going to do some smaller three-piece band things,” the West Pittston resident said. “There’s an eclectic look down there.”
The main floor is the restaurant/main bar where chef Ken Golanoski, former executive chef at Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House in Moosic, puts a fine dining twist on traditional bar items and cooks up enticing entrees.
The menu features a seared tuna appetizer, crab fries, burgers mixed from beef chuck and brisket and entrees that include a flat iron steak, crab cakes and vegetable risotto.
A lunch buffet runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.
“There seems to be a big need down here for lunch time,” Sperrazza said. “Probably 200 people get dumped on the square at noon.”
The main floor features several flat-screen TVs, on which Sperrazza said he’ll show sporting events from UFC fights to “Monday Night Football.”
A newly installed garage door gives tables an open air feel and connects the dining floor to the patio on Linden Street. A small stage near the patio entrance features acoustic performers, a series that kicked off with June 17’s soft opening.
“Last week we had Robb Brown,” Sperazza said on June 22.
The following night featured Graces Downfall on the main floor and DJ Woogie on the club floor.
“We probably had 1,200 or 1,300 people here Friday, and probably the same Saturday,” Sperrazza said.
The second floor is a mezzanine that looks down onto the main floor, making TVs visible and musicians audible. It features another bar, lounge area, pool tables and high tops where bottle service can be reserved.
“When the college kids are around, we might do beer pong up there,” Sperrazza said. “We’ll get them away from people who are eating, get them up one level.”
The third floor, or dance club, features a bar, DJ booth, more industrial/modern looking chairs and tables and several dance areas.
“It’ll be about 90 percent DJs,” Sperrazza said. “I hire professional dancers from out of town to come up and spice it up a little bit.”
Above the dance club is another entertainment room.
“That is where we’re going to do bigger bands and national acts, anybody that can draw 500 people or so,” Sperrazza said.
The top floor, Sperrazza said, will also hold paint, glow and foam parties and holiday themed events to cater to the college crowd.
The venue will even have special guest appearances from the celebrity B-list. Kevin Federline and Brooke Hogan are already booked.
“It’s just something fun for people,” Sperrazza said.
While each floor won’t feature a nightly event, Sperrazza plans to open the main floor and mezzanine Monday through Wednesday. The basement and club floors will open in addition to the main floor and mezzanine Thursday through Saturday, and the top floor will open only for crowd-drawing acts and large events.
“There’s something for everybody,” he said.
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