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Downtown York welcomes new whiskey pub

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Lisa and Nathan Novak recently celebrated the grand-opening of their restaurant, The Fig and Barrel, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday. The restaurant first opened in September.
Lisa and Nathan Novak recently celebrated the grand-opening of their restaurant, The Fig and Barrel, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday. The restaurant first opened in September. - (Photo / )

A grand-opening ceremony in downtown York not only cut the ribbon on a new pub; it also marked the official completion of a revitalization project on Market Street that began more than two years ago.

Downtown Inc welcomed The Fig and Barrel Pub to the bottom floor of the former Zakie’s Nightclub at 25 W. Market St. during a ceremony held Friday. The pub had opened its doors in September.

The pub's owners, Lisa and Nathan Novak, serve up dishes from a wood-fired oven that are inspired by Lisa’s Italian heritage, including Neapolitan-style pizza and Brussels sprouts. Lisa’s father is from Naples, Italy. The couple met in one of the restaurants owned by Lisa’s family.

"I grew up in a family of restaurateurs … it’s just a way of life," said Lisa.

In addition to food, the restaurant also features craft cocktails and more than 150 different kinds of whiskey along a wall that requires a ladder to get to the top shelf. 

The September opening of the Fig and Barrel marked the completion of a four-building, $14 million revitalization project begun in 2016 by Royal Square Development and Construction. The upper floors of the former Zakie's were converted into seven luxury apartments last year.

Fig and Barrel is open Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fridays, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.; and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. It has a staff of 35.

 

Fig and Barrel Pub owners Nathan and Lisa Novak have taken advantage of the former Zakie's Nightclub's high ceilings and installed a wall of whiskey that requires a ladder to get to the top shelf.
Fig and Barrel Pub owners Nathan and Lisa Novak have taken advantage of the former Zakie's Nightclub's high ceilings and installed a wall of whiskey that requires a ladder to get to the top shelf. - (Photo / )
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Emily Thurlow

Emily Thurlow

​Emily Thurlow covers York County​ for the Central Penn Business Journal. Have a tip? Drop her a line at ethurlow@cpbj.com. Follow her on Twitter @localloislane.

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Senas October 29, 2018 3:04 am

There are many whiskey pubs and bars in New York and I am happy that a new one is now opened in the city. I hope that the new pub will be a real pleasure to visit. Thank for sharing the news about the whiskey pub. local print spooler service is not running

ritariya October 25, 2018 3:21 am

It's nice to see those whiskey pubs. I have searched through many sites to know about new whiskey pubs. Recently i have seen your blog and I came to know about it. You could have added some more details about them. I could not find evident information about the Fig and Barrel Pub. Update your post. CW Spirits

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Michael October 23, 2018 4:42 am

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