Cliff’s Tavern expected to open at former Gullifty’s

A new steakhouse restaurant is slated to open in the next several weeks in Cumberland County at the site of the former Gullifty’s Restaurant & The Underground, which closed last February.

Cliff’s Restaurant Group Inc., a Harrisburg-area company, plans to open Cliff’s Tavern & The Underground Live in the Shoppes at Cedar Cliff in Lower Allen Township.

Brad Swidler, a partner in the new venture with restaurateur Giovanni Scotto, said this week that there is no official opening date. The plan, Swidler said, is to hold a soft opening in the next few weeks as building renovations are finished and staff is hired.

Cliff’s Tavern will open for lunch and dinner with a menu including dry-aged steaks, burgers and broasted chicken, along with seafood dishes. Daily specials will feature soups and salads, prime rib and pasta dishes.

All dishes will be made from scratch and will include many farm-to-table meals, the owners said. Cliff’s Tavern also will cater events, banquets and on-site parties throughout Central Pennsylvania. The banquet room will be capable of hosting up to 300 people.

The Underground Live, which is on the lower level of the restaurant, will host live entertainment, including local, regional and national music acts. Gullifty’s also was known as a music venue.

Swidler also is a commercial real estate agent with Wormleysburg-based NAI CIR. Scotto recently bought the former Farmer’s Wife Restaurant in East Hanover Township. He plans to turn it into a diner-style family restaurant this spring. 

Collectively, the partners have run more than a dozen restaurants in Central Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland.

Gullifty’s first opened in 1971 as Dante’s Pizza Pub and Zee’s Down Under. In 1983, it became Gullifty’s Restaurant & The Underground.

In addition to Cliff’s Tavern, the Shoppes at Cedar Cliff also is getting a new Starbucks this year.

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