With a new version of the storied Charl-Mont restaurant set to open next month, I’ve heard from readers with fond memories made in the hungry heart of the former Globe department store. Now that the Globe has reopened as the Lackawanna County Government Center, many have asked whether the county has a legal right to use the Charl-Mont name.
In yet another important public service performed by this blog, I am happy to report that yes, the county can use the Charl-Mont name at will. In a welcome spasm of forethought, the commissioners secured the naming rights before moving forward with the project.
The Charl-Mont was part of a chain of restaurants with locations in department stores across the country and now appears to be defunct. The naming rights paperwork was filed with the state in November, county spokesman Joe D’Arienzo tells me. The process required legal ads in The Times-Tribune ($101) and The Jurist ($125), the official journal of the Lackawanna Bar Association. The state filing fee was $115, making the total cost to taxpayers to $341. Not a lot of money, but all big costs start small.
Off to work on the Wednesday column. Thanks for stopping by today.