A new bar and restaurant catering to sports fans has started operating in downtown Binghamton.

Courtside Bar & Grill at 56 Court Street is holding a "soft opening." It's located at the site of The Colonial, an establishment that closed its doors in April 2022.

Courtside co-owner Chris Kehoe said the business initially will be open for dinners on weekdays starting at 4 p.m. He said it will open on Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 a.m.

Courtside Bar and Grill has opened its doors for a soft opening. Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News
Courtside Bar & Grill has opened its doors for a soft opening. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Kehoe said he's in the process of "getting the staff up to speed" during the soft opening period.

Some interior changes were made before Courtside Bar & Grill began operating. One noticeable difference is the addition of more large-screen televisions for patrons to watch sports events.

Courtside will offer outdoor seating along Court Street when warmer weather returns in the spring.

Co-owner Mark Yonaty last spring announced plans to open Courtside Bar & Grill in an effort to "get downtown back to its vibrancy." Yonaty also is preparing to launch Station 45 American Chop House. That restaurant is expected to open soon in the restored Lackawanna Train Station on Lewis Street.

A sign inside the future Station 45 American Chop House in Binghamton. Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News
A sign inside the future Station 45 American Chop House in Binghamton. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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