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Italian-themed Briley’s Restaurant opens Friday

LEETONIA – Ed McMillen came up with the name “Briley’s Restaurant” by combining the names of his two daughter, Brianna and Presley.

The restaurant will hold a grand opening from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Friday.

“I always wanted a restaurant,” he said.

Briley’s, an Italian-themed restaurant at 310 Walnut St. features an award-winning head chef, a large menu and “everyday specials,” according to Erin Merrick, who is the head chef.

Abey Duke is the manager. She is scheduled to graduate from Akron University in December with a political science degree.

The dining room can accommodate 56 patrons. There are nine flat-screen televisions -?all on different channels.

The menu was assembled by Merrick who is a 2007 culinary graduate of Penn Culinary Le Cordon Bleau. She has 23 years experience in the kitchen. Merrick worked the U.S. Golf Open in 2006 and has won state fair awards.

The menu will feature baked ziti, stuffed peppers and alfredo. The sauces are made from scratch.

The menu also features five gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches served with soup, crackers and coleslaw. Merrick expects pizza and fried food to be offered later. Pizza delivery will be made available.

McMillen said a liquor license is expected the first week of September. Domestic and some craft beers will be offered.

McMillen, a 1997 Salem High School graduate, said he wants to feed all the high school football players before the games. Duke said pizza will be available after the games. Briley’s will keep extended hours on football nights. A pool table and an Ohio Lottery Keno game will be added.

“We just want to have something different for the people to do in Leetonia,”?Duke said. “We have a professional cook, and family atmosphere for all ages to come from all around the area.”

Current hours are from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Once a liquor license is obtained the hours will be extended. Plans are for fish frys and clam bakes.

Brileys’ Restaurant is “more family oriented and something Ed wanted his daughters to be part of later,” Duke said.

For more information, visit Briley’s Restaurant on Facebook, call 330-817-0077 or email: brileysrestaurant @gmail.com.

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