Harrisburg developer Judd Goodman has partnered with Lancaster developer Corey Fogarty to create the Federal Taphouse.
Plans are to open two locations. The first is slated to open in September at 234 N. Second St. in Harrisburg, the site of the former Dragonfly nightclub.
“Hopefully this will bring a lot of people to downtown and give it an energy boost,” Goodman said.
The plan is to open the second floor of the 6,000-square-foot space — known as Fed Live — for a Labor Day music event. That space will be used exclusively for live bands, private catered events and food-pairing events.
The restaurant space, which should be open by mid-September, will feature wood-fired pizzas and breads from the in-house oven, as well as a wood-fired grill for appetizers and entrees, Goodman said. The Federal Taphouse also will have a smoker for meats, fish and cheeses.
“We are concentrating on Lancaster for the dairy and cheese products,” he said.
A separate outdoor patio will be available for extra seating.
The other eatery is expected to open in December or January at 201 N. Queen St. in Lancaster, Goodman said.
Both locations will have 100 taps that predominantly feature craft beer from U.S. brewers. Growlers also will be sold.
The Lancaster location is about 7,000 square feet without the separate entertainment space. However, there will be acoustic music on Friday and Saturday nights at both venues, Goodman said.
“We’re not trying to be a sports bar,” he said. “We’re going after the food and beer pairings.”
The Federal Taproom will be looking to hold monthly food-pairing events with beer, wine, small-batch bourbons and ciders, Goodman said.
The menu will be competitively priced. Appetizers are expected to range between $4 and $8, Goodman said. Pizza will be priced around $8 to $14.
“Our goal is two flagship stores and then we’ll explore other options outside of the (Central Pennsylvania) market,” Goodman said.
The restaurant concept has been in the works since the beginning of the year.