What used to be a North East staple is gearing up to open its new doors in the West Erie Plaza.  Elena LaQuatra went inside ‘The Cork 1794’ and is bringing us the sneak peek.

Continuing to feed more life into the West Erie Plaza and mixing both the old and new, The Cork 1794 is just about ready to open.  

Owner Billy Lewis tells us, “We’re going to bring the same kind of hospitality and quality of menu, I think you’re going to see.”

Such a hot spot in the North East community, the Red Letter Hospitality Group knew they had to bring the concept into Erie.  

Director of Marketing for Red Letter Hospitality, Anne Lewis, tells us, “Everyone is just on the Board of the Revitalization of Erie, and making a change, and making Erie a great place and so we thought this would just be an awesome opportunity for us and we’re just really excited.”

On the menu, you’ll find a wordly cuisine; pastas, locally sourced meats, and fresh produce; but be sure you save enough room for desserts. 

Executive Chef Joe Perino says, “We have some really, really great desserts… things that haven’t been done in Erie before.”

If you’re looking for a more casual dining experience, you can move into the bar area of the restaurant and check it out, they have multiple beers on tap, a fully stocked bar, but if you’re more into wine, look at this; 32 different wines on tap.

When the warmer weather arrives, the windows at the bar will open.  A patio, complete with fireplaces, will seat 60 people.  In addition to the main dining room, there are three private rooms and a special chef’s table. “It’s just going to be a great neighborhood spot,” Anne tells us. 

Joe adds, “We’ll have set menus or we’ll do customized menus for any party that wants to book and do a customized menu.”

And, on November 26th and 27th, The Cork is hosting two charity nights where 100% of the proceeds will be split between Serve Erie and the Second Harvest Food Bank. 

For more information on that event, click here.