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Former staffers taking over The Phoenix restaurant in Black Rock

Looks like The Phoenix’s building in Black Rock won’t be dark for long.

Former Phoenix staffers have a plan to keep 269 Amherst St. running as a restaurant.

Dave Kahris, who tended bar for about five years, said he plans to take over the restaurant with his wife, Sara Mann Kahris.

Other staff members will be staying on, Kahris said, including several servers and a kitchen duo of Tom Lovullo and Victor Colon.

They plan to keeping the same basic menu with a few additions, including more vegetarian and gluten-free options, said Kahris. “We have friends who have Celiac’s, and we’d like a few more options.”

He’s from a restaurant family, Kahris said. His father, grandfather and uncle ran Anthony’s, on Delaware Avenue near Chippewa. More recently, they ran a place called Ernie’s at Grant and West Ferry, a business sold around 1990.

The tentative name for the new place is The Phoenix at 269, but that hasn’t been settled, Kahris said. “We are currently just waiting for a few permits,” he said, and will probably be open by the end of April.

Besides doing some work on the patio, don’t expect much to change, he said.

“It’ll feel very familiar, I think. I’ll be behind the bar, and we have three servers who have been there pretty much from the beginning,” said Kahris. “We want to continue on with what’s already been there. We really love the place, and that’s why we undertook this project.”

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