By CODY McDEVITT
A little before happy hour at the Boulevard Grill, two older men with mustaches sat and chatted while ESPN played on the television and Elton John played over the speakers.
It was a laid-back vibe that comes from the relaxed people who patronize the place. And it’s usually the same on most nights.
The Boulevard Grill, located at 165 Southmont Blvd. in Johnstown, has been a staple of Johnstown’s nightlife scene for a long time. It’s developed a crowd that includes some of the prominent movers and shakers of Johnstown, while at the same time appealing to people who are young professionals making a name for themselves.
This is partially why it so easily attracts polite society to its premises.
“Everyone here is friendly,” said Crystal Flenner, bar manager. “We have good service, good food and good beer. And we don’t put up with nonsense.”
The appetizers range from fries to more exotic creations such as crab-stuffed portabella mushrooms. The steak selection includes sirloins, tenderloins and Delmonico cuts. Diners can choose to add brie cheese, butter and onions, or crab with hollandaise as a topping.
Among the seafood selections, they offer spicy jambalaya and Honey Ginger Ahi Tuna.
The Grill also features daily specials that include steak on Sundays, meatloaf on Mondays, chicken pot pies on Tuesdays, fried haddock on Wednesdays and ribs on Thursdays. Friday is martini night, with specialty martinis costing $6.50.
The restaurant also features a speakeasy type of lounge. Among the specialty drinks made there are a chocolate-covered cherry martini and a whole slew of cocktails ranging from the exotic to the traditional. They have kept up with the craft cocktail revolution that has hit the bigger cities.
They have 18 beers on draft, with nine craft selections, according to Flenner.
Pasquerilla family members are among the prominent people who come in. Joan Pasquerilla has been a longtime frequenter of the Boulevard Grill.
“It’s all ages. And I love the staff,” Pasquerilla said. “They’re wonderful.”