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Drugs, gun and cash seized as 1 is arrested in Easton raid

Police arrested the suspected target of a Vice Unit probe in an early-morning Easton raid.

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Panic and a search through 15 tons of hospital waste turn up prized necklace

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Easton’s Oak Steakhouse has an opening date and a star chef

It’s been a long time coming, but the city’s newest restaurant is ready to debut.

You want to eat dinner at the remarkable new Oak Steakhouse in Downtown Easton?

It will be formally open 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. July 5, with an extra hour of dining added on weekends, owner Mike Gjevukaj said Thursday afternoon.

It is currently open for training as about 30 people a night are being served by the staff of 45, headed by Executive Chef Heather Williams, of Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen” fame, and Ocean Chef Ryan Kor, Gjevukaj said as he relaxed with a beer and wearing a cowboy hat on the second floor of his three-story showplace.

Once open for reservations-only in July, there will be two seatings a night with a menu that offers “all the great cuts of steak and a lot of seafood,” he said.

Oak can hold 128 people and the rooftop likely won’t be open until after 8 to avoid the summer’s heat in the glassed-in area. It’s a place for small plates and a drink, Gjevukaj said previously.

Although Oak has several bars and chilled bottles of wine pretty much everywhere — there are more than 1,000 on site — those seats at least initially will only be open for diners.

It’s not a place to walk in and have a drink. It’s a place that only offers a dining experience — and a future weekend brunch, he said.

Heather Williams Oak SteakhouseOak Steakhouse Executive Chef Heather Williams, who was a finalist on Gordon Ramsey’s “Hell’s Kitchen,” says she really wanted to work in Downtown Easton and thinks she’s found the perfect place. (Tony Rhodin | For lehighvalleylive.com) 

Several of the rooms will be available for private parties, including one with a huge table and an in-house-designed chandelier in the wine cellar.

Gjevukaj, his bother Bekim and others — both in the family and out — have sought out the best advice available on creating an “old, traditional, classic steakhouse,” he said.

Don’t look for nouvelle cuisine at 323 Northampton St. It’s not on the menu, Gjevukaj said.

They’ve spent the past two weeks coming up with “our own Oak Steakhouse sauce,” he said.

“We’re pretty confident in our Oak sauce,” he added.

The staff is mostly local and “the demand is high” for a job at Oak, Gjevukaj said.

He wants his staff to be happy and he hopes management “creates a pretty good environment for them.”

He’s still not talking prices.

“It’s on the high side,” he said, adding the menus are just about ready, but still need a good edit. “You’re going to get great service, great quality and we’re going to provide you a great time. It’s affordable, but I don’t want to scare them.”

The design of the place — with its oak tree near the front door, it’s huge oak-themed chandelier above the entryway, it’s signature sliding-roof third floor and basement steak-aging and beer-cooling rooms — has created a buzz even before anyone tasted the steak.

And its remarkable rags to riches story of the February 2016 storm, the building collapse, the new steel skeleton and everything that’s come after — inducing the reuse of much of the wood for the former structure — is well known by now.

“This place has exceeded my own expectations,” he said as he stood next to the iron and glass front doors, with a frosted Oak making no doubt as to where you are.

Easton restaurant has an oak tree

A woman visiting actually teared up when first arriving, saying it was “‘so beautiful,'” he offered. The response overall to his second restaurant in the city — he’s long owned River Grille on the other side of Centre Square — has been “overwhelming,” he said.

But there’s one thing not to do when you visit Oak.

“I’m offended when someone says it belongs in New York,” he said. “The city has enough. It belongs in Easton. If I had to pick anywhere in the world for Oak to be, Easton’s the spot.”

  • Call 610-559-5510 for reservations. During the “very soft opening” training period, don’t be surprised if you’re turned down. And once July 5 arrives, don’t show up without a reservation. You won’t get it. At least for now, Gjevukaj said. Oak will be closed this Friday night for a fundraiser for the Easton Ambassadors, which quickly sold out, he added.

Tony Rhodin may be reached at arhodin@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow him on Twitter @TonyRhodin. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.

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