Fans of Shula’s Steakhouse will no longer have to trek to the Promenade Shops in Saucon Valley this summer to enjoy their favorite Restaurant. Shula’s recently announced that they will be relocating to the ground floor of Strata Flats, the luxury apartment building currently being constructed on 7th Street across from the PPL Arena and Allentown Arts Walk.
Started by Hall of Fame Football Coach Don Shula, the 8,600 square-foot dining space becomes the first tenant of Four Center City, also known as Strata Flats, which will house over 250 residents. Four City Center is the newest addition to City Center Investments Corporation’s series of downtown buildings built within the Neighborhood Improvement Zone. All 65 employees at the current location will relocate to downtown Allentown.
“It is not every day you get a national chain moving into your downtown that is as good as Shula’s,” Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski said. “It is definitely not every day they move from the Promenade Shops and open up in downtown Allentown.”
The restaurant will feature an extensive wrap around patio for outdoor dining in the warmer weather, an upscale dining room and bar, and valet parking for the convenience of patrons. Shula’s management expects to draw from future tenants of Strata Flats, surrounding office workers, those attending events at PPL Arena as well as guests of the soon-to-open Marriott Renaissance Hotel. They also expect current diners to visit the downtown location, where they will be able to discover the many dining options also available.
Local Shula’s owner Kostas Kalogeropoulos thinks it’s the perfect time to relocate the restaurant, having floated ideas for revitalizing downtown since Mayor Roy Afflerbach’s Administration. Having seen the development that has already occurred, he pitched the idea to David Shula, President of the Steak House chain, who had heard about what was happening downtown on National Public Radio, before visiting here to see for himself. “No brainer, let’s make it happen,” Shula said.