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Warehouse 50, downtown Youngstown’s newest business, is now open in the Stambaugh building, in the spot formerly occupied by Dooney’s Downtown and before that, Buffalo Wild Wings.
The new management team expected at least 5,000 people to come out to Friday night’s Party on the Plaza, especially now that the new restaurant and bar is officially open for business. An event earlier this summer drew a large crowd even without the business being open.
So what is the goal of the new restaurant?
“Where we can get the whole city to come together in a place that’s safe, friendly and comfortable,” said Nick Morano, co-general manager.
While working on a name and theme, the managers, who originally are from the Cleveland area, had to do a little bit of homework.
“I did a lot of research on Youngstown and man is there a lot of history in Youngstown. You’ve got a lot of blue collar workers. So when you break that down, what do mills need? A warehouse,” said Gus Schuett, co-general manager.
The other part of the name came from its address, which is 50 Federal Plaza.
Buffalo Wild Wings was there for nearly 20 years and left only because required upgrades were too costly. That was followed by Dooney’s Downtown Grill, that had not even opened yet at this time last year, and closed several months later.
So is Party on the Plaza enough to sustain the new restaurant and bar? The general managers said that’s just the beginning.
“Yes we have Party on the Plaza, but it’s not Warehouse 50’s Party on the Plaza. This is Youngstown’s Party on the Plaza. The reality is that I want my business to thrive as much as I want every other business downtown to thrive,” Schuett said.
The dual management team plans to work with surrounding business owners to continue the growth in downtown Youngstown.
“We are excited for every single business down here, the more we can attract down here, the more Youngstown can survive,” Schuett said.