Rosanna’s restaurant renamed with a new concept before the inauguration

The former Rosanna’s restaurant in Bethlehem is set to reopen under a new name and with a new menu.

The restaurant will be called Rosa’s Corner and will offer a fusion of New York-style specialties including handmade bagels, matzoh ball soup, challah and chopped salads; and a full bar, according to a post on the restaurant’s renowned Facebook account.

Co-owner Cara Paredes said she expects the restaurant to open this winter, although a specific date has yet to be decided. Paredes said she and former Rosanna’s owner Rosanna Crisci chose to rename the restaurant to clear up confusion among former customers.

“It will no longer be an Italian pizzeria; but that doesn’t mean it won’t offer Italian dishes,” Paredes said. “It will be a hipper feel than traditional deli. You can sit down, have a meal and a mimosa, sit down at the bar or take away.

The Rosanna restaurant closed on February 26.

Bethlehem restaurateurs Cara and Juan Paredes then bought the property at 2-4 E. Broad St. for a seven-figure sum in April. Construction of the restaurant began soon after, Cara Paredes said.

So far, the restaurant has been completely gutted for renovation, she said.

“We even discovered exposed bricks hidden underneath that we are going to use,” she said.

Rosa’s Corner will offer a full-service, quick-to-go bar, Paredes said. Archways will also be installed to join the two sides of the restaurant, she said.

Paredes and her husband own and operate several other restaurants in Bethlehem, including Tapas on Main, Urbano Mexican Kitchen & Bar, Cachette Bistro & Creperie, Peculiar Wine Bar & Bites, and The Flying Egg, a boutique restaurant.

Paredes said she expects Crisci to continue working inside the restaurant.

Friday calls for comment to the numbers listed for Crisci were not immediately returned.

In a post on Rosa’s Corner Facebook account, the new operators said the 22-year-old restaurant’s rebranding would represent the two business owners’ strong vision.

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