When news hit in early January that Parma Grill & Tap was going to be opening up shop at the former location of Mattingly Brewing Company at 3000 S Jefferson it was certainly a welcome bit of info. When Mattingly’s closed in the summer of 2010, things were looking a little down for the burgeoning commercial sector along South Jefferson. Having already lost Park West Grille in late 2009, Mattingly’s departure left Luvy Duvy’s Cafe as the only restaurant left along the strip.
Thankfully, things have been on the upswing as of late with Park West Grill reopening back in September, 2010 and Parma’s recent announcement. Of course, when it comes to bars and restaurants, there are no guarantees that these places will see the light of day until they actually open their doors. When no news came out of the proposed establishments hearing for a liquor license, a summer garden, and a sidewalk cafe on March 30th, there were doubts on what was going to happen. And though news has been slow, judging from the “Coming Soon” sign outside the property, it looks like a safe bet that Benton Parkers will be sipping on microbrews very soon.
Operating as a “restaurant, bar, and microbrewery” just like it predecessor, Parma will be a welcome addition to the area. No word yet on the exact date of opening or any other changes that will be made to the existing space, but residents of Benton Park and Benton Park West will soon have another nightlife option within walking distance.