Kevin McDonald and his wife, Helen, have been the proprietors of Damenti’s Restaurant in Mountaintop for 36 years. Kevin, who is the chef at the restaurant, was born in Wilkes-Barre, PA, and began his career in Denver, Colorado, where he attended the University of Denver. After working In Denver and Steamboat Springs, Kevin and his wife returned to Northeastern Pennsylvania and bought Damenti’s. Kevin and Helen have studied with and been awarded certificates by Marcella Hazan, Bologna, Italy; Ken Hom, Hong Kong; and L’Ecole de Cordon Bleu in Denver, Colorado.
Damenti’s is much more than a family business to the McDonalds. Damenti’s Restaurant has been a staple in this community for over 60 years. Jimmy Damenti and his wife Jule owned, operated and lived there for 30 years before selling Damenti’s to Kevin and Helen McDonald.
The new location of the restaurant is an exciting new opportunity for the McDonalds and they look forward to growing the new location into a cultural hub for years to come. Keep an eye out for the next installation of the Ice Bar, coming soon to the new location!
Damenti’s has earned this reputation over the years because of the consistently great food, service and atmosphere. Dining at Damenti’s is a very unique experience. When entering the restaurant you will most likely be greeted by Helen and have your dinner cooked by Kevin. Damenti’s decor and atmosphere is unparalleled, Helen takes great pride in the appearance of the restaurant and that is evident as soon as you arrive. Damenti’s decor changes by season and is sure to dazzle.
We are venturing into a new artistic realm. World class ice sculptors and friends worked on the sand bar and will return frequently to do sculpting performances using, wood, metal, sand, snow, ice and more. Our Sand Bar will remain open throughout the summer.