Clarks Ale House reopening in new downtown location

New Clarks Ale House location on Salina St. is set to open at the end of the year.

A local favorite is making a comeback in a new downtown location. Kate Waters, the general manager of Clarks Ale House, says the pub opened in the early 1990s with a simple idea.

"It was 22 draft beers and one roast beef sandwich. No music, no live bands, no cover charge. It was a beer drinker's paradise," says Waters.

There's been a buzz ever since news broke that Clarks Ale House is reopening on Salina Street in the former Wise Guys Comedy Club.

Don Fico works downtown and can't wait for another option for lunch.

"We're talking about it at the office already. We cant wait for it to open. We got dates set," says Fico.

Former customer, Jack Rodgers, is excited to welcome back one of his favorite restaurants to the neighborhood where he works everyday.

"I think it's great. It's great for downtown. I hated to see them go when they left and I think it's really good," says Rodgers.

The old location on West Jefferson Street was closed when the Landmark Theatre made plans to expand in 2010. It was good news for Downtown redevelopment, but bad news for loyal customers.

The owner, Ray Clark, struck gold when he stumbled on the larger location. With its antique architecture and windows, it's the perfect setting for the english style pub. It will pretty much be the same Clarks people remember with one slight change.

"We'll be offering 32 beers, still one sandwich, we're going to have soups and some healthy salads," says Waters.

Joe Flint says the return of Clarks is an exciting addition to the many projects that are sprouting up on Salina Street.

"It's exciting to see the development that's taking place and the new people that are coming down and thinking they can make a life here and be comfortable living downtown," says Flint.

A neighborhood hungry for change, but always willing to welcome back an old favorite.