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Renovations and updates are currently underway at the Aquarium Lounge Restaurant soon to be opened in Uptown Clarksburg.
As soon as you walk-in you will immediately notice the lighter, brighter paint color in addition to new carpeting used to modernize the space.
Owned by husband and wife Jon and Erica Duarte, their remodel began with a fresh coat of paint—everywhere. Erica stated they began by covering the dark burgundy paint and replacing it with a much more modern light gray. New carpeting has been installed in addition to reupholstering of bench cushions.
The lounge/bar will feature three big screen TV’s along with a stage area for entertainment and bands to utilize in the future for entertainment.
The dining area is going through a transformation as the “bar area” will be removed to allow for expanded dining space.
Erica has over 24 years kitchen experience and is looking forward to bringing her culinary work to Clarksburg.
The menu, available here, has something to suit every palette: Soups, Salads, Steaks, Seafood, Chicken, Pasta as well as light bites. Long time known for their steaks, all of which are certified angus beef, are served with a side and salad. Crab Cakes are a best seller and you can get them as an appetizer, entrée or on a sandwich.
Stuffed sausage Hungarian wax peppers are a perennial favorite and sure to get your mouth watering. They are topped with homemade marinara, mozzarella cheese baked and served with a loaf of fresh baked bread. (to soak up all that good peppery sauce!)
And for owner Erica, she states she does not have one favorite dish as they are all delicious (talk about a good problem to have).
They currently have a location in Fairmont, and look forward to opening a location in Clarkbsurg. Erica stated locating in Clarksburg was an easy decision and working with the City has been such a streamlined process- from applying for a business license, to inspections and façade grants.
City Manager Martin Howe stated, “I am pleased to receive positive feedback on our streamlined approach for new businesses which are locating here. It has and will always be our goal to expedite the process and to assist the business owner's whenever possible." Mr. Howe concluded, “We welcome this great new addition as it will compliment many other existing businesses within the Central Business District and fulfill a missing component for evening dining."
The couple plan to have a soft opening in late October followed by a Grand Opening in November.
Erica and her husband Jon reside in Fairmont and have a 9-year old son Nico.
The Aquarium Lounge will be opened Tuesday – Thursday from 11:00 AM until 9:00 PM, Friday 11:00 AM until 10:00 PM, Saturday 5:00 PM until 10:00 PM. They are closed on Sunday & Monday.
The Aquarium Lounge is located at 123 South 4th Street, Clarksburg, WV 26301. Be sure to like and follow Aquarium Lounge for updates, specials and much more! https://www.facebook.com/AquariumLoungeFairmont/ and on Instagram @aquariumloungewv
Story by Dominique Spatafore | City of Clarksburg