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The changing scene of downtown Youngstown


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The sidewalks of downtown look a lot different on a late Saturday night then they did just a few years ago.

That's because bars and restaurants are popping up all over, especially on West Federal Street.

Roberto's Italian Ristorante opened up earlier this year.

"Everyone I talked to said you are out of your mind going to downtown. No one's going to come in from the burbs. But they all are," said Robert Faraglia from Roberto's. "We've been open since February 2nd and I've seen this growth. I've seen more traffic downtown. The weekends were crazy down here this past summer.

O'Donold's Irish Pub is the newest establishment to open downtown. Owners of the Austintown location decided to expand into Youngstown. They say it's something that would have never crossed their mind just a few years ago.

"I was amazed to see the difference in downtown Youngstown. It's wonderful to see. It's vibrant, it's alive. We wanted to be part of that," said Jerry Schonhut of O'Donold's Irish Pub.

Business is so good the owners of the Imbibe Martini Bar decided to open up another bar right above their current location. It will be a craft beer and high end scotch and whisky bar. They say each establishment that opens seems to offer something different so people tend to bar hop.

"Every time a new business opens we see new people. When O'Donold's opened next door we saw people we hadn't seen before. When V2 opened we saw people we hadn't seen before. So every time a new place opens, it introduces new people to downtown Youngstown which is always helpful, said Brad Schwartz of Imbibe.

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