One of the minds behind the Chameleon Club is branching out – and big. At the former location of pan-Asian restaurant Blue Orchid in Richmond Square in Manheim Township – which closed late last year – the Firepit Kitchen + Bar has set up shop.
The new restaurant is run by Nick Skiadas – co-owner of popular Lancaster nightspot the Chameleon Club – and aims to bring a Mediterranean feel to the classic bar and food setup. “New” is the watchword here – the décor is new, from the lighting to the color scheme; the atmosphere is utterly different. The bar area has new high-top seating.
Speaking of the bar – it’s a beauty and built for heavy traffic. Flame motifs abound; the lighting’s red-tinged, giving a vague bonfire feel to the area and lending to the atmosphere.
The bar top has a dozen seats, with the surrounding area holding more than 50 in the form of high tops and booths. Low-lit, with a few TVs perched behind the bar itself, it’s designed with a night crew in mind – besides the fact that the bar area’s meant to dish out vittles later and keep longer hours than the normal dining area. A couple more TVs are placed in the surrounding seating area.
For a place that just got its liquor license on July 9, it’s impressively well-stocked. The bar has 35 house wines and 10 beers on tap. That’s not to mention, of course, the walk-in fridge with about 75 bottled brews.
The separate dining room area has large windows that lend it a spacious and welcoming feel, even though it contains roughly 100 seats. There are booths in addition to tables available for seating, so whatever your preference or the size of your party, you’ll be able to dine in comfort. There’s also patio seating available for those who prefer to dine al fresco.
Speaking of dining, the Mediterranean-infused menus offer a wide variety of options – most of them meat-based. There’s a solid lunch menu, which is mostly made up of sandwiches and burgers.
In addition, there’s an expanded dinner menu with several more entree options, including the wild-caught snapper with lemon rice pilaf, which has garnered several positive reviews on the restaurant’s Facebook page. There are also several dessert offerings, with the S’mores pops being the standout crowd-pleaser, according to reviews.
If you’re looking for a new, slightly upscale neighborhood bar or a different restaurant to kick off your nights out, the Firepit is worth a look.