Belmar Brings Back Food Cart After Kitchen Fire

Published 05/15 2014 04:31PM

Updated 05/15 2014 05:11PM

A fire at the Belmar in March hasn't stopped the Binghamton bar from serving food.

The Belmar has resurrected its food cart to feed its hungry patrons while repairs to its kitchen continue. The cart serves gyros, Italian sausage, hot dogs and pork sandwiches.

In fact, the cart has been so popular that Belmar manager Ed Hickey Jr. says he may delay until this Fall replacing the expensive ventilation hood and Ansul fire suppression system in the kitchen.

"We get a lot of traffic from the bus stop that's right here. There's a lot of pluses to it. People don't have to go into the bar, if it's lunch time and they don't want to be seen in a bar. It's working out great. When life deals you lemons, you make lemonade. Life gave us a fire and we made some sausage," said Hickey.

Hickey recently received permission from the State Liquor Authority for outdoor seating behind the bar.

He is working with the City on a noise ordinance waiver so that he can have live music once a week out back, especially when the bar hosts fundraisers for people in need.

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