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Billy Club opening in long-dormant Allen Street building

The long-dormant Puritan building on Allen Street is coming back to life, with apartments upstairs and a new restaurant called Billy Club on the first floor.

It will be the first place for owners Dan Hagen, a bartender at Toutant, and Jake Strawser, a mortgage advisor who also bartends at Blue Monk. They hope to open in early 2016.

“We wanted to offer a bar program and menu that’s a little different from what’s available now in Allentown,” Hagen said. “We thought a cocktail program with a whiskey focus is something that would fit well in the neighborhood.”

Billy Club’s menu hasn’t been written, as the partners have not yet hired their chef, Hagen said. Generally speaking, it’ll be locally-inspired New American cuisine, with small plates and large. The room will be small, with 24 dining seats, and 14 more at the bar.

Hagen credited developer Noel Sutton with purchasing the building and undertaking renovations that included bringing electrical and plumbing systems to modern standards. There are six apartments in upper floors. Billy Club’s address will be 228 Allen St. Next door is The Flo, a saltwater-tank sensory deprivation spa.

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