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Revival on Lincoln:

For years residents of Bellevue, and visitors from all over the place, have watched as a large red building at the corner of Lincoln Ave and N. Fremont Ave deteriorated and became blight to the Eastern section of Bellevue’s business district. The former funeral home and architect’s office at 366 Lincoln Avenue may soon become a point of pride for Bellevue’s rapidly changing business landscape. Two resident  entrepreneurs, Chris Driscoll and John King have joined talent and vision to shift the positive changes happening in Bellevue into high gear. As both men stated, they wanted to do something about the unsightly property because they ”Care about Bellevue”.

366 Lincoln
366 Lincoln Ave

Chris moved to Bellevue five years ago. He graduated from Millersville University near Lancaster, PA and did his graduate work at Villanova and Harvard. He is currently employed at the University of Pittsburgh in the Information Technology (IT) Department. John had been a chef at Allegheny Country Club for 28 years. He served in the Air Force and learned his trade at a culinary school in New York. He has also worked in New York, Washington D. C. and Hawaii. Chris and John are both involved with Bonifide Bellevue, a community development organization that has working to improve Bellevue.

Carved Eagle
Eagle carved by Joe King

The building became their property about a month ago. Since then, it has been non-stop activity inside and out. First the bushes and vines were removed. Then, instead of totally removing two dying trees, the trunks were carved into amazing eagles. The carving was done by Joe King, an internationally known wood carver from Seven Springs, PA.  The initial idea was to open a Bed and Breakfast but they soon settled on opening a restaurant.  Revival on Lincoln is expected to open in late summer. The restaurant style will be American fine dining, with a focus on fresh and seasonal dishes. A patio will be built on the N. Fremont side of the building. When asked about parking. Chris said that they studied the situation and found that there are 45 to 50 street parking spaces within a block and a half of the location. In addition, they are talking to surrounding businesses about sharing spaces. They don’t want to become a problem to the nearby residential properties.
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