In the early 1900s, motion pictures were silent, alcohol was illegal, and the Model T was the ultimate in automotive design. Rose Pasnello, an industrious Italian immigrant, was cooking for her husband, Frank, and his fellow lumbermen who were clearing a railroad path through the woodlands near Sonestown, just north of Williamsport, PA.
The Pasnello's legacy of hard work and good food (carried on by their great grandchildren, Alfredo, Maria, Francis and Roseanne Daniele) is evident in the busy kitchen of Franco's Lounge, Restaurant & Music Club at 12 West Fourth Street, just off of Market Street in downtown Williamsport.
Franco, the patriarch of the Danieles, bought the business in 1984 as an outlet for his children, and using the friendliness and savvy he had cultivated in 40 years as a barber, Franco helped the restaurant quickly became part of the city's landscape. Frank and Rosa reared two children, Anthony and Mary Wise Pasnello.
A few years later, Mary Pasnello married Alfredo Daniele and they established the New York Barber Shop on Market Street. Eventually, Franco (Francis) Daniele was born and trained to take over the barbershop. He married Joanna Testa of the Newberry section of Williamsport, and started their family. Joanna's parents had immigrated from Italy in the 1930s, and had three children: Angelo, Joanna and Enrico. The Testas farmed an area of Newberry just off Linn Street, and helped build and establish the Dante Club of Newberry.
Gaining popularity through the talents of his daughter Maria, with experience in the food business, and sons, Alfredo and Francis, both of whom had tended bar during their college years, Franco's Lounge outgrew itself by 1989. The facilities and menu were expanded that year, offering patrons more elbow room and more exotic foods. With the new century came a new name: Franco's Lounge, Restaurant & Music Club.
While 1989 saw changes within the bar/restaurant, another member of the family was making a name for herself a block to the north. After 20 years at Divine Providence Hospital, Franco's wife, the former Joanna Testa, fulfilled her dream. She and daughter Roseanne opened Joanna's Italian Bakery & Specialties and began selling fresh Italian specialties, pastries and breads.
Then in May, 2012 the Williamsport Regional Airport’s restaurant was revived by the Daniele family and served customers until the end of October 2018. The restaurant’s retro nostalgia was preserved. The Daniele family introduced fresh American & Continental cuisine, holding true to their reputation for culinary excellence in the region. Cloud 9 offered an intimate atmosphere with warm lighting perfect for a romantic evening or a special gathering with family and friends. Our larger dining room was a great space for business meetings, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, Holiday parties or any event. When the new Williamsport Regional Airport was designed there was no longer a space for Cloud 9 Restaurant. We are sorry to close, but we thank you for your business and the wonderful memories.