Creekside Grille opened its doors for the first time last Thursday. The building was formerly Hotpoint Inn, but the ownership changed in early September.
Bob and Wanda Whitmer sold the property to the Hotels Shippensburg LLC earlier this year. The last day of business for Hotpoint Inn was Sept. 2 with the ownership officially changing over to Nishant Paul on Sept. 5.
With new ownership came quite a few updates. Tables were moved out of the way to make room for arcade and gambling machines and to allow for better flow throughout the venue. Paul also noted they added 25 new TVs and that Creekside Grille intends to host a lot of sports watch parties.
The biggest change is that Creekside Grille is a smoke-free venue.
“We used to allow smoking inside, but now it’s just on the patio,” Cassie Newcomer, social media coordinator, said.
The new menu features a spread of food and drinks options. Creekside Grille has small bites, like popcorn, fries and onion rings, as well as options like burgers, chicken strips and hot dogs. They have everyday beers, like Bud Light and Blue Moon, and a rotation of craft beers on tap.
While “Rocket Fuel” is no longer available, the bartenders said they are working on a new signature cocktail. Additionally, Creekside Grille offers daily specials for discounted food, pitchers and cocktails depending on the day.
“We offer good food — cheap prices,” Paul said.
For entertainment, there will be live entertainment every week, karaoke monthly and a mechanical bull occasionally. There is not a set schedule for these events yet, but more is to come, according to David Newcomer, the director of operations.
Paul also expressed a want for local talent to feature at the Creekside Grille stage. From comedy nights, open mics and local musicians, Paul is interested in giving people an opportunity to perform.
“I wanted to create a place that has something for everybody,” Paul said.
For more information, visit Creekside Grille on Facebook.