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Lackawanna's Mess Hall delayed to mid-November

Further construction delays have pushed back the opening of Lackawanna’s The Mess Hall until mid-November.

“I’m going to play it safe and say Nov. 18,” said Joe Jerge, an owner. “That is the day I would say we will definitely be open to the public.” The weeks before Thanksgiving might be one of the worst times of the year to open, but “it’ll give us time to work out the kinks.” The doors could open sooner, but that’s a conservative estimate, he said.

The breakfast and lunch place, from Mulberry Italian Ristorante and Brick Oven Bistro owners, will be at 717 Ridge Road, formerly Victoria Square. Renovations have removed the suspended ceiling, opening up the space, Jerge said. A bar topped by butcher block has been installed, as well. Work uncovered a stretch of terrazzo floor that was saved and patched with "The Mess Hall" set in tile.

A draft menu includes chicken fried steak, plus an off-beat collection of sandwiches including the chivito, muffaletta and Hot Brown, the pride of Uruguay, New Orleans and Louisville, Kentucky, respectively. But it’s under construction too.

“It’s too long right now,” Jerge said. “We’re going to whittle it down after we start cooking in the new place, and figure out what works in the new kitchen.”

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