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Weekender’s Readers’ Choice results are in, celebrate Thursday with all the winners at The River Street Jazz Cafe

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Cooper’s won 10 awards including Best Restaurant and Best Bar. Cooper’s Waterfront Seafood House co-owner Paul Cooper, left, and general manager Nicole Best sit in the dining room overlooking the river in the restaurant in Pittston.
Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Gene Philbin plates an order -----Fred Adams|for Times Leader3-12-14
Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Susquehnna Brewing Company won Best Locally Brewed Beer and Best Local Brewery. “That’s whats the nicest thing about it is; it’s independently voted on by the people that love your product. It’s not like your going to distributors and other people in the industry. It’s voted on by taste buds,” said Fred Meier, Susquehanna Brewing Company co-founder and vice president
Sean McKeag | Times Leader
Montage Mountain won Best Place to Ski. “Despite different management over the years, we’re thankful people have stuck with us and have given us that title. We’re a new company and we thank the loyal people and the thousands of new people we’ve been able to attract with the changes we’ve made. We’re glad people have us a shot and they’re appreciating what we have to offer.” — Tyler Crawford, Montage Mountain director of front end operations
Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Samual Carrera a baker at Bakery Delite on River Road in in Plains puts Irish soda bread in the oven reently. Clark Van Orden | Times Leader
Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Ali Baba Lounge won Best Hookah Lounge. “It’s an honor to have been voted as the best hookah lounge! We would like to thank all of our current and future customers for all of our success. We take hookah and nightlife very seriously. We will continue to be the best hookah lounge and nightlife experience,” said Ali Abualburak, general manager.
Amanda Hrycyna | For Weekender

Gallery of Sound won Best Record Store.

“Thanks everybody for still supporting us and the physical music business as it evolves for a new generation of music lovers,” said Joe Nardone Jr., Gallery of Sound co-owner.
Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

Skip Monday won Best Original Band and Best Musical Duo. “It means a lot, because we’re putting a lot of hard work into what we’re doing. We’re trying to make the band a career and our lives, and it means a lot that people are noticing that and care enough to go online and put our name in. It’s really cool to know that people are supporting us that much.” — Nathan Montella, Skip Monday drummer
Submitted photo
Genetti’s won Best Wedding Venue. “Our guests have been very kind to us, supporting us in many different venues, including yours and TripAdvisor. We’ve been the largest and most popular wedding venue for decades. We’re glad to see we’re on the cutting edge, and all of the advancements we’ve seen in the hotel are recognized and appreciated,” said Gus Genetti, Best Western Genetti Hotel & Conference Center owner
Submitted photo

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    Another year, another round of voting and a new list of winners for Weekender’s Readers’ Choice awards is here. We asked and you voted for your favorites in more than 100 categories.

    This year, Weekender’s own Melissa Hughes took home the honor of Best Columnist. Chris Emanski took the gold for Best Club D.J. and Gene Philbin won for Best Chef. Skip Monday brought in two awards this year, Best Original Band and Best Musical Duo. Our best bartenders include Dan Weller over at Sabatini’s and Cat Letteiri from Cooper’s Seafood House in Scranton.

    Speaking of, Cooper’s raked in 10 awards including Best Bar, Best Restaurant and Best Restaurant Service.

    “It feels great to get acknowledgement back from the community,” said Joe Restuccia, bar manager at Cooper’s. “We’re so glad so many of our patrons took the time to vote and recognize us.”

    Best New Bar went to Franklin’s.

    “We just want to thank everybody for giving us a chance and coming in. We just want to make it better and better every day for more and more people,” said Matthew Kovalski, Franklin’s bar manager.

    For the second year in a row, Heat has earned the award for Best Alternative Lifestyle Bar.

    “We’re honored. This would be our second year running,” said Estella Sweet, general manager at Heat. “My business partner and I strive our very hardest to bring professional entertainment to our venue. Our new slogan is ‘The Premier LGBT Experience,’ and that’s what we strive to bring to the area. I think it’s something that’s really needed, especially in this area.”

    It’s not all about bars and nightclubs though. The Lands at Hillside Farms won Best Ice Cream.

    Chet Mozloom, executive director at the farm said it’s an honor to be selected.

    “Being the Readers’ Choice for best ice cream is a great honor for The Lands at Hillside. We strive to combine high quality local products with a fantastic experience and we are humbled by our desire to never be satisfied with what we offer. We’re always looking for ways to improve our products and services. Thank you everyone for your votes and especially for supporting our work and non-profit mission.”

    Come celebrate with all the winners from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 28 at The River Street Jazz Cafe. There’s no cover charge for the event. Hope to see you there.

    Best Bar: Cooper’s Seafood House

    Best New Bar: Franklin’s

    Best Corner Bar: G.I.’s Bar

    Best College Bar: Senunas’ Bar and Grill

    Best Dance Club : The Woodlands

    Best Karaoke Night: Ole Tyme Charley’s

    Best Bike Night: J J Banko’s Seafood

    Best Irish Bar: Kildare’s Irish Pub

    Best Sports Bar: Beer Boys

    Best Alternative Lifestyle Bar: Heat

    Best Restaurant: Cooper’s Seafood House

    Best New Restaurant: The Anthracite Cafe

    Best Chef: Gene Philbin

    Best Restaurant Service: Cooper’s Seafood House

    Best Patio/Deck: Cooper’s Seafood House

    Best Food Truck: What The Fork

    Best Deli/Lunch: Goldstein’s Deli

    Best Ice Cream: The Lands at Hillside Farms

    Best Bakery: Bakery Delite

    Best Hoagies J&J Deli

    Best Burgers: Five Guys Burgers and Fries

    Best Hot Dogs: Abe’s Hot Dogs

    Best Fries: Five Guys Burgers and Fries

    Best Diner: Eddie’s

    Best Desserts: Cooper’s Seafood House

    Best Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurant: Eden — A Vegan Cafe

    Best Fine Dining Ruth’s Chris Steak House

    Best Chain Restaurant: Fridays

    Best Chinese Restaurant: Peking Chef

    Best Italian Restaurant: Leggio’s

    Best Japanese/Sushi Restaurant: Mirakuya

    Best Mexican Restaurant: La Tolteca

    Best Seafood Restaurant Cooper’s Seafood House

    Best Steakhouse: Ruth’s Chris Steak House

    Best Pizza: Angelo’s

    Best Local Brewery: Susquehanna Brewing Company

    Best Wings: Nina’s Pizza and Wings

    Best Locally Made Beer: Susquehanna Brewing Company

    Best Martini Selection: Cooper’s Seafood House

    Best Wine Selection: Cooper’s Seafood House

    Best beer selection, bar/restaurant Coopers

    Best Beer Selection, non-bar/restaurant: Wegmans

    Best Unique Menu: Aurants

    Best Strip Club: Diamond Club

    Best Happy Hour: Cooper’s Seafood House

    Best Drink Specials: Cooper’s Seafood House

    Best Coffee Shop: Northern Light Espresso Bar & Cafe

    Best Hookah Lounge: Ali Baba Liquor Lounge

    Best Original Band: Skip Monday

    Best Cover Band: The Chatter

    Best Solo Musician/Duo: Skip Monday

    Best Rapper: CrimZn (Joey Cipriano)

    Best Club D.J.: Chris Emanski

    Best Large Music Venue: The F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts

    Best Club-Sized Music Venue: River Street Jazz Cafe

    Best Open-Mic Night: Wise Crackers Comedy Club

    Best Comedian: Sergio Marzitelli

    Best Cocktail Selection: Cooper’s Seafood House

    Best Radio Station: 98.5 KRZ

    Best Radio Personality: Jeff Walker 98.5 KRZ

    Best College Radio Station: 90.7 WCLH

    Best Columnist/Writer: Melissa Hughes

    Best Female Bartender: Cat Letteiri, Cooper’s Seafood House, Scranton

    Best Male Bartender: Dan Weller, Sabatini’s

    Best Bouncer: Brett Williamson, River Grille

    Best Local Blog: NEPA Scene

    Best Festival/Bazaar/Annual Event: Scranton’s Italian Festival

    Best Movie Theater: Movies 14 in Wilkes-Barre

    Best Visual Artist: Fresh Focus Studios

    Best Photographer: Fresh Focus Studios

    Best Video Production: Fresh Focus Studios

    Best Tattoo Artist: Angelo Parente from Black Casket

    Best Barber: Johnny from Unique Shop

    Best Hair Stylist: Jacki Lahr from Amplify Hair Studio

    Best Local Athlete: Rebecca Jones

    Best Piercer: Bruce Fairchild

    Best Art Gallery: AFA

    Best Theater Group: Act Out Theatre

    Best Bookstore: Barnes & Noble

    Best College: King’s College

    Best Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn

    Best Wedding Venue: Genetti’s Best Western

    Best Place to Work: Cooper’s Seafood House

    Best Ski Resort: Montage Mountain

    Best Golf Course: Hollenback Golf Course

    Best Trainer: Mike Marcinek

    Best Bowling Alley: Chacko’s Family Bowling Center

    Best Exotic Dancer: Sofia from Diamond Club

    Best Auto Sales, new: Wyoming Valley Motors in Larksville

    Best Auto Sales, used: Pierce Street Motors

    Best Motorcycle Shop: Two Jacks Cycle

    Best Jeweler: Rainbow Jewelers

    Best Florist: McCarthy Flowers

    Best Garden Center: Corky’s Garden Path

    Best Eco-Friendly Business: Free People

    Best Record Store: Gallery of Sound

    Best Gaming/Comic Store: GameStop

    Best Musical Instrument Store: Rock Street Music

    Best Place to Buy a Pipe: Primal

    Best Day Spa: J. Madison Wellness Spa

    Best Hair Salon: Amplify Hair Studio

    Best Nail Salon: My Nails in Kingston

    Best Tanning Salon: Heat Wave Tanning

    Best Tattoo/Piercing Parlor: NEPA Tattoo Club

    Best Clothing Boutique: Park Avenue Boutique

    Best Vintage Store: Design 2 Consign Boutique in Olyphant

    Best Place to Buy Accessories: Duffy Accessories

    Best Pet Store: Pet Smart

    Best Place to Buy Lingerie: Victoria’s Secret

    Best Adult Store: Emerald City Boutique

    Best T-shirt printing: Wet Paint Printing + Design

    Best Embroidery: Wet Paint Printing + Design

    Best Vehicle Graphics: Show Stoppers Customs

    IF YOU GO:

    What: Weekender’s Readers’ Choice

    When: April 28

    Where: The River Street Jazz Cafe

    Time: 7 to 9 p.m.

    Admission is free, everyone is welcome

    By Weekender Staff

    [email protected]

    Cooper’s won 10 awards including Best Restaurant and Best Bar. Cooper’s Waterfront Seafood House co-owner Paul Cooper, left, and general manager Nicole Best sit in the dining room overlooking the river in the restaurant in Pittston.
    http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_TTL021115Coopers_1.jpgCooper’s won 10 awards including Best Restaurant and Best Bar. Cooper’s Waterfront Seafood House co-owner Paul Cooper, left, and general manager Nicole Best sit in the dining room overlooking the river in the restaurant in Pittston. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

    Gene Philbin plates an order —–Fred Adams|for Times Leader3-12-14
    http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_philbin3_faa.jpgGene Philbin plates an order —–Fred Adams|for Times Leader3-12-14Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

    Susquehnna Brewing Company won Best Locally Brewed Beer and Best Local Brewery. “That’s whats the nicest thing about it is; it’s independently voted on by the people that love your product. It’s not like your going to distributors and other people in the industry. It’s voted on by taste buds,” said Fred Meier, Susquehanna Brewing Company co-founder and vice president
    http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_WBW030916SBCLWYM8.jpgSusquehnna Brewing Company won Best Locally Brewed Beer and Best Local Brewery. “That’s whats the nicest thing about it is; it’s independently voted on by the people that love your product. It’s not like your going to distributors and other people in the industry. It’s voted on by taste buds,” said Fred Meier, Susquehanna Brewing Company co-founder and vice president Sean McKeag | Times Leader

    Montage Mountain won Best Place to Ski. “Despite different management over the years, we’re thankful people have stuck with us and have given us that title. We’re a new company and we thank the loyal people and the thousands of new people we’ve been able to attract with the changes we’ve made. We’re glad people have us a shot and they’re appreciating what we have to offer.” — Tyler Crawford, Montage Mountain director of front end operations
    http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_TTL021715Skiers_3.jpgMontage Mountain won Best Place to Ski. “Despite different management over the years, we’re thankful people have stuck with us and have given us that title. We’re a new company and we thank the loyal people and the thousands of new people we’ve been able to attract with the changes we’ve made. We’re glad people have us a shot and they’re appreciating what we have to offer.” — Tyler Crawford, Montage Mountain director of front end operations Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

    Samual Carrera a baker at Bakery Delite on River Road in in Plains puts Irish soda bread in the oven reently. Clark Van Orden | Times Leader
    http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_TTL031715bestbakery1.jpgSamual Carrera a baker at Bakery Delite on River Road in in Plains puts Irish soda bread in the oven reently. Clark Van Orden | Times LeaderBill Tarutis | For Times Leader

    Ali Baba Lounge won Best Hookah Lounge. “It’s an honor to have been voted as the best hookah lounge! We would like to thank all of our current and future customers for all of our success. We take hookah and nightlife very seriously. We will continue to be the best hookah lounge and nightlife experience,” said Ali Abualburak, general manager.
    http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_ali-baba5.jpgAli Baba Lounge won Best Hookah Lounge. “It’s an honor to have been voted as the best hookah lounge! We would like to thank all of our current and future customers for all of our success. We take hookah and nightlife very seriously. We will continue to be the best hookah lounge and nightlife experience,” said Ali Abualburak, general manager. Amanda Hrycyna | For Weekender

    Gallery of Sound won Best Record Store.

    “Thanks everybody for still supporting us and the physical music business as it evolves for a new generation of music lovers,” said Joe Nardone Jr., Gallery of Sound co-owner.

    http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_TTL041815joe-nardone.jpg

    Gallery of Sound won Best Record Store.

    “Thanks everybody for still supporting us and the physical music business as it evolves for a new generation of music lovers,” said Joe Nardone Jr., Gallery of Sound co-owner. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

    Skip Monday won Best Original Band and Best Musical Duo. “It means a lot, because we’re putting a lot of hard work into what we’re doing. We’re trying to make the band a career and our lives, and it means a lot that people are noticing that and care enough to go online and put our name in. It’s really cool to know that people are supporting us that much.” — Nathan Montella, Skip Monday drummer
    http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_SkipMonday.CMYK_.jpgSkip Monday won Best Original Band and Best Musical Duo. “It means a lot, because we’re putting a lot of hard work into what we’re doing. We’re trying to make the band a career and our lives, and it means a lot that people are noticing that and care enough to go online and put our name in. It’s really cool to know that people are supporting us that much.” — Nathan Montella, Skip Monday drummer Submitted photo

    Genetti’s won Best Wedding Venue. “Our guests have been very kind to us, supporting us in many different venues, including yours and TripAdvisor. We’ve been the largest and most popular wedding venue for decades. We’re glad to see we’re on the cutting edge, and all of the advancements we’ve seen in the hotel are recognized and appreciated,” said Gus Genetti, Best Western Genetti Hotel & Conference Center owner
    http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_GusGenetti1.jpgGenetti’s won Best Wedding Venue. “Our guests have been very kind to us, supporting us in many different venues, including yours and TripAdvisor. We’ve been the largest and most popular wedding venue for decades. We’re glad to see we’re on the cutting edge, and all of the advancements we’ve seen in the hotel are recognized and appreciated,” said Gus Genetti, Best Western Genetti Hotel & Conference Center owner Submitted photo

    IF YOU GO:

    What: Weekender’s Readers’ Choice

    When: April 28

    Where: The River Street Jazz Cafe

    Time: 7 to 9 p.m.

    Admission is free, everyone is welcome