A former Emeril's restaurants manager has been named general manager of the Hamilton Kitchen & Bar in Allentown.

Jason Lonigro, who worked his way up from busser at Emeril's flagship restaurant to later lead the opening team of Emeril's Chop House at Sands Bethlehem, will oversee the daily operations of the new downtown restaurant.

"Having Jason join our team is an important step in the formation of The Hamilton's dedication to hospitality. His proven experience in assembling a team that will deliver the welcoming atmosphere and comfortable setting we want is truly second to none," found and owner of The Hamilton, Donny Petridis, said in a statement.

The Hamilton, located at Seventh and Hamilton streets, is scheduled to open in July.