Opening of a restaurant on the KeyBank site

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Big change is coming to a building that has housed a string of banks over the past half-century in Binghamton’s business district.

Over the past few months, teams have been working quietly to convert the old KeyBank branch at 65 Court Street into a new restaurant.

Johnson City’s Hamza Khan is excited as the finishing touches are made to The Grove restaurant. He describes it as a casual dining establishment that will offer “something different” to families and students.

An exterior view of The Grove, a restaurant slated to open in late May. Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News

An exterior view of The Grove, a restaurant slated to open in late May. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

The Grove Restaurant is expected to open in about two weeks. KeyBank’s office at the site closed on June 25. HSBC, Chase Manhattan and First Niagara banks have all operated branches on the site for decades. Prior to this, the place had been occupied by a Jupiter discount store.

The dining room where the KeyBank hall and the ATM were located will be able to accommodate several dozen people. The kitchen was built in a space adjacent to the former bank vault.

The Grove Bar, a restaurant that will open at 65 Court Street. Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News

The Grove Bar, a restaurant that will open at 65 Court Street. Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News

The restaurant’s menu will feature a variety of dishes, including various chicken and seafood dishes, as well as lamb chops, burgers, fajitas and chicken wings.

Khan said he expects around 15 people to work at The Grove, which will be open seven days a week. He said outdoor seating on Court Street will be available when weather permits.

A KeyBank sign was removed from a building at 65 Court Street on June 28, 2021. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

A KeyBank sign was removed from a building at 65 Court Street on June 28, 2021. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Contact Bob Joseph, WNBF News reporter: bob@wnbf.com. For the latest story development news and updates, follow @BinghamtonNow on Twitter.

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