For years the word breakfast in downtown Tunkhannock has been synonymous with ‘Beagles Pub;’ a staple of the community that has gone by many names, including the Green Goose, Crandall’s, and the Wagon Wheel, since its genesis more than 80 years ago.
The historic pub and restaurant will once again experience a name change, but, according to Carl (a.k.a. Carlos) Penedos, who purchased the business in January, “customers can expect the same service and quality that they have come to expect of the establishment.”
The building that houses the old Beagles is comprised of three separate storefronts with three separate doorways.
The right-most entrance will be the entrance to the pub, which has been renamed ‘the Blogg,’ while the center door will lead to the restaurant, now known as ‘the Yearbook Diner.’
Penedos says he has special plans for the third entrance, but isn’t ready to reveal those at this time.
Nonetheless, there is much to reveal involving the ongoing renovations that are taking place at both the Blogg and the Yearbook, both of which are being expanded and upgraded to cater to the Tunkhannock community.”
Penedos’ goal for the new Yearbook Diner is to “complement the other great restaurants we have in town,” while also showcasing the breakfast that has won the business its local fame.
“The Bistro may have the best coffee,” Penedos noted, “and the Downtown Deli may have the best sandwiches, but we have the best breakfast in town.”
Penedos said he settled on the name “Yearbook Diner” as a way to emphasize the “community-oriented nature of the restaurant.” Patrons to the Yearbook will now get to enjoy a side of nostalgia with their coffee, as Penedos has collected more than 40 years worth of Tunkhannock’s Awanatunk yearbooks.
The photos from the old yearbooks will adorn menus and promotions, providing residents with a window into the local history that continues to enliven life in Tunkhannock.
“I hope to attract some new people to the place,” he continued, “but I also hope to keep the same crowd of loyal customers have frequented the restaurant over the years.”
Penedos said that all renovations for the Yearbook Diner will be done within one year, having already worked on the building for six months. Renovations will include lengthening the counter area, installing a new cash register, and expanding the dining room.
New flooring, lighting, plumbing, a new bathroom, and a new kitchen have already been installed.
The restaurant remains open as renovations are ongoing, with one percent of all gross revenue going to the United Way of Wyoming County.
It is Penedos’ second renovation project downtown, having revamped Pen Corners at the intersection of Bridge and Tioga Streets, with an outdoor mural of sunflowers facing Bridge Street.
Moving forward, Penedos said he hopes to expand the Yearbook Diner’s menu by adding vegetarian and vegan courses, as well as expanding the already popular breakfast menu.
Breakfast at the Yearbook begins at 5:30 a.m., Monday through Saturday, and 7 a.m. on Sunday.
Other extensive renovations are being made to the bar area of the multi-faceted establishment.
‘The Blogg’ will soon offer an enhanced dinner menu along with numerous upgraded commodities, such as a stage for live musical acts and an expanded area for bar games.
Penedos said that the Blogg is named for “the interactive atmosphere” he hopes to establish there.
The new pub will house four new pool tables and will host an eight-team pool league. It will also boast a full-length shuffle board court, darts, and a card table.
The bar itself will be moved away from the wall, allowing for a stage to be built that will provide a venue for local musical acts.
Penedos, who has a great deal of experience booking musical performances, said he hopes to feature country, classic rock, acoustic, and some jazz music. He also plans on hosting open mic performances for local residents.
The new bar will be island-style, with the billiards area elevated slightly to the left of the bar, and with the stage situated to the right. There will also be added food options, including standard bar food and full dinner menu with specials added daily.
The Blogg will soon advertise fresh Angus beef, fresh cod for fish n’ chips, and fresh clams nightly. The bar will host a seafood extravaganza every fourth Friday. Finally, Penedos plans on building a European style patio and terrace behind the Blogg to accommodate outdoor diners.
Work has already gone into renovating the Blogg, much of which will be completed by September 1. The anticipated costs of renovations and improvements to both the Yearbook and the Blogg totals roughly $250,000. The business now opens on Sunday from 3 p.m. to close.
Overall Penedos is extremely excited and optimistic about the future of both businesses.
“We want to continue to be a part of this community and continue to employ local people,” he said, noting he had hired three new employees since purchasing the old Beagles, and has a total staff of about 10.
“Changes will be steady, and not overly drastic,” he concluded. “I want these places to remain what they have always been, places where members of this community can come together and enjoy each other’s company.”