Northend Lounge opens in Wellsburg

NEW PLACE TO EAT — Brian Tennant, standing left, and Kyle Hood, standing right, offer menus to several members of the Wellsburg Chamber of Commerce and guests during a business after hours held at their new business, the Northend Lounge. Located at 2239 Charles St., the lounge offers wings in 15 flavors, several sandwiches and a full-service bar with a pleasant atmosphere. Its customers during the Business After Hours included, clockwise from left, David George, Chamber President David Klick, Rowdy Rush, Chamber Coordinator Jacie Ridgely, Harry Sanford, Frank Johnson and Richard Ferguson. - Warren Scott

NEW PLACE TO EAT — Brian Tennant, standing left, and Kyle Hood, standing right, offer menus to several members of the Wellsburg Chamber of Commerce and guests during a business after hours held at their new business, the Northend Lounge. Located at 2239 Charles St., the lounge offers wings in 15 flavors, several sandwiches and a full-service bar with a pleasant atmosphere. Its customers during the Business After Hours included, clockwise from left, David George, Chamber President David Klick, Rowdy Rush, Chamber Coordinator Jacie Ridgely, Harry Sanford, Frank Johnson and Richard Ferguson. - Warren Scott

WELLSBURG — As co-owners of the new Northend Lounge at 2239 Charles St., Brian Tennant and Kyle Hood hope to bring together three things: Good food, good drinks and good company.

The pair took a few minutes during a recent Business After Hours event held there by the Wellsburg Chamber of Commerce to talk about their new venture, which they hope will become a popular place for people of all ages to gather.

Located in the former Mei Mei’s Lounge, the restaurant and bar will be open to anyone up to 9 p.m., when admission will be granted to those 21 and older only.

Tennant said visitors often are surprised by its spacious, homey interior, with pool tables and dart boards enjoyed by many patrons as well as leagues that meet there weekly. He added the air hockey table is popular with younger visitors.

He and Hood said a relaxed, fun atmosphere is the aim for the venue, which has been the site of a Halloween party, monthly karaoke sessions and live entertainment.

Information about upcoming events can be found at the Northend Lounge’s Facebook page.

The menu includes 15 flavors of wings and several sandwiches, including Philly cheesesteak, pulled pork and several burgers; chicken tenders; freshly cut fries; and assorted appetizers.

The kitchen opens with the business at 3 p.m. and remains open until 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and until midnight Fridays and Saturdays.

A full-service bar offers assorted beers, including a rotating line of craft beers, as well as mixed drinks and other alcohol.

“We try to have something for everybody,” Tennant said.

The Northend Lounge has a separate area ideal for meetings and special occasions, and the entire space may be rented on Sundays.

Tennant and Hood have been friends for many years, having played together on the Brooke High School soccer team, and welcomed the opportunity to work together when the former Mei Mei’s Lounge closed.

As the business’ manager, Kylie Kleinendorst oversees the lounge’s day-to-day operations for Tennant and Kyle, who continue to work full time in banking and natural gas, respectively. But the two are seldom far away because they live on the building’s spacious second floor.

Hood said the two worked on evenings and weekends to paint the interior and upgrade the kitchen after purchasing the building, then realized they would need additional help.

He and Tennant said in addition to the support of family and friends, they are grateful for their hardworking staff.

The two, who have been involved in such groups as the Wellsburg Lions, the city’s urban redevelopment authority and the chamber, said they are pleased to provide more jobs and another entertainment option to the area.

(Scott can be contacted at wscott@heraldstaronline.com.)

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