Hardware’s “back room” is back

ALLENTOWN, N.Y. (WIVB) — City officials received dozens of letters and emails from Allentown residents earlier this year about Allen Street Hardware Cafe, specifically the back room.

The bar tells News 4, they’ve made some changes that will hopefully please those residents.

City officials shut down the back room six months ago which makes up 40 percent of the restaurant. Officials said the room wasn’t up to code and didn’t have the correct permits to operate as a dance club.

Complaints also came in about a problem with the limited number of bathroom stalls as well as multiple noise complaints.

“It was kind of a blessing in disguise because that room actually needed some renovations to keep it up to the standards of a restaurant so being shut down of course wasn’t great,” said Charlie Goldman, owner of Hardware.

Goldman said the back room is now sound proof and two new bathrooms have been added, as well as a fire protection sprinkler system.

Goldman and his staff said these changes will bring more sales and more people.

“Our capacity is much larger than it was initially, so we’re going to have the weekends, a lot of people are going to be able to come back here and enjoy a drink and some live music,” said Traci Volker, Hardware floor manager.

Goldman sayid he has submitted an application for a dance permit and is waiting for approval from council members. He expects the dance permit to be approved within the next two months.

Meanwhile, Hardware fans are happy the “back room” is back.

“The back room, it’s great, it’s a staple of Allentown life, so to hear it’s back I’d say hey, we got our Allentown back,” said Dan Schlant, Allentown resident.

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