A once-bustling nightspot in downtown Binghamton could be springing back to life in the not-too-distant future.

Developer Mark Yonaty has signed a lease for the space that had been occupied by The Colonial at 56-58 Court Street.

The Court Street building where The Colonial had been located. Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News
The Court Street building where The Colonial had been located. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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The Colonial and an associated restaurant - Dos Rios Cantina - closed in April 2022.

Yonaty told WNBF News he wants to open an establishment that will be similar to The Colonial, although he said it will be "more of a sports bar."

A sign at the now-closed Colonial on May 25, 2023. Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News
A sign at the now-closed Colonial on May 25, 2023. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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The developer said he wants to "get downtown back to its vibrancy." He said the center city area is "just dead" as the result of a series of recent business closings.

Yonaty said the new business will be called Courtside Bar and Grill. He said he hopes the place can open by late summer or early fall.

A table inside The Colonial on September 22, 2022. Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News
A table inside The Colonial on September 22, 2022. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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On Thursday, property owner Yaron Kweller indicated he was pleased Yonaty is leasing the space. He said he admires Yonaty's "passion and vision" for downtown Binghamton.

The future of the space where Dos Rios had operated remains uncertain. Kweller said a "couple of prospective tenants" have expressed interest in the location but nothing has been finalized.

Tables and chairs remained in place as the lights swirled in the former Dos Rios restaurant on January 4, 2023. Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News
Tables and chairs remained in place as the lights swirled in the former Dos Rios restaurant on January 4, 2023. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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