Island breezes and sunny flavors of Key West are blowing into Harrisburg.
On July 11, Taste Key West arrives at 31 N. Second St., replacing Taste Buffalo Wing It & Fling It.
Owner Ron Kamionka said initially the restaurant will be open for outdoor seating during Saturday Nights in the City. The alfresco dining events are held 5-10 p.m. Saturdays along several city streets including North Second Street closed to traffic.
Last year Kamionka opened Taste as a rotating taste room where the concept will change twice a year. He kicked it off with a taco and tequila theme.
Taste Key West will play off the eclectic feel of Florida’s most southern point. Along with margaritas and rum drinks, Taste Key West’s menu is heavy on seafood with steam pots, conch fritters, crab legs and key lime pie.
“We are trying to keep the cool island vibe going,” Kamionka said.
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To kick off the opening on Saturday, the restaurant is hosting a sunset sidewalk chalk contest with 24 artists competing. Diners will vote with dollars for their favorite drawings with proceeds donated to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.
In the coming weeks, Taste’s entertainment lineup includes “lawn concerts” with a Jimmy Buffet tribute band and reggae group from Washington, D.C. scheduled. Kamionka said the restaurant theme continue at least through New Year’s Eve with festivities to ring in 2021.
Kamionka is also in the process of relocating Anna Rose Bakery & Coffee Shop to the former Pita Pit at North Second and Walnut streets in Harrisburg. He also owns several businesses in the city, including Sawyer’s, Bourbon Street Saloon and Hops and Vines & Spirits Tasting Room.
Taste Key West’s phone number is 717-681-3000.
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