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July 2015

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Member of the Month

The Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage & Tavern Association Member of the Month

July 2015: Jan Hench
McCoole’s: The First Tavern & Hotel in Quakertown

Business History
Not always a part of the restaurant and hospitality business, Jan Hench and her partner spent their time investing in real estate. At the time she served as a volunteer, board member and chief cook for the Main Street Theater, so when the building next door became available in 2002, Jan and her partner jumped at the opportunity to invest in a restaurant. The building was Quakertown’s first tavern and hotel back in 1747 but had not been operating as a restaurant for many years. Needless to say, it required nearly a year of extensive renovations to restore all of the historic attributes. It was initially leased to a chef and operating as The Historic Red Lion Inn but when the chef decided to move on, Jan hired another chef and began running the restaurant in 2005 as McCoole’s at the Historic Red Lion Inn.

About the Business
After the Main Street Theater closed down in 2007, Jan purchased the building to provide additional outdoor seating for McCoole’s and to be used as a much needed banquet space for the community. They named the facility McCoole’s Arts & Events Place, and addition to having the space available for theater productions and business seminars, they also created a space for their microbrewery, The Red Lion Brewery. Recently, Jan and her staff have opened a third room in the Arts & Events Place called The Gallery which can be rented out for dinners and parties. McCoole’s also offers complimentary wine tastings the first Wednesdays of each month, a complimentary shuttle service (Mane Street Shuttle) for their patrons, as well as a Beer Festival held every year in their wine and spirits garden. As they get ready for their 10th year anniversary in November, McCoole’s has revamped their menu to feature more locally grown, antibiotic and growth hormone free foods.

Giving Back
Jan Hench and her staff are extremely involved within the Quakertown community. Because they have a theater and attractive banquet space, they are often asked to host fundraising events, for which they usually donate the building space. They are involved with the Upper Bucks Alliance for Creative Expression, which fosters the arts for area youth. In addition, they support St. Luke’s Hospital, Star of the Day Event Productions, the Veterans Support Centers of American Paws Program, the Richland Area Softball Association as well as the Upper Bucks Enforcers. Be sure to stop by McCoole’s to experience all they have to offer to the community. For more information, please visit www.mccoolesredlioninn.com!

McCoole’s at the Historic Red Lion Inn
4 S. Main Street
Quakertown, PA 18951
215-538-1776
Bucks County
2005-Present
www.mccoolesredlioninn.com

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Mixologist of the Month

The Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage & Tavern Association Mixologist of the Month

July 2015: Terry Grochowski

Signature Cocktail:
Terry’s Summer Sangria
Pinot Grigio or Chardonnay
Peach Schnapps
Pear Vodka
Club Soda
Cranberry Juice
Pineapple Juice
Seasonal Frozen Fruit

As the daughter of bar and restaurant owners, Terry Grochowski was lucky to grow up in the industry she loves. Throughout her life in the business and 30 years of bartending, her favorite thing about her job continues to be the people she meets. Not only has she met life-long friends but she also gets to meet new and interesting people everyday. As a mother of three, Terry also enjoys the flexible hours that the business offers her to work around her family’s needs. She goes on to say, “The Madison Tavern is a family-oriented place which makes it a great place to work” while also raising her family.

While the industry is a great place to make a living while pursuing an education or raising a family, she advises those within that transitional period to never give up on finishing your education. “You always need a fallback plan.” Be sure to stop by The Madison Tavern any day of the week to see Terry and the whole Madison family. “No matter what time you walk into Kenney’s Madison, you’ll find a warm Irish welcome, fine food, and pints of beer!”

Kenney’s Madison Tavern
472 Madison Avenue
Warminster, PA 18974
www.kenneysmadison.com

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Legislator of the Month

The Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage & Tavern Association Legislator of the Month

July 2015: Representative Mark Mustio (R)
Serving part of Allegheny County

Recently, I traveled on my own dime to visit the state of Illinois to see for myself if the legalization of video poker machines and other electronic gaming terminals would be an equally winning bet for Pennsylvania.

What I discovered is that, based on the recently implemented Illinois model, the electronic gaming expansion legislation (House Bill 808) that has already been introduced in the Pennsylvania House does in fact hold the potential to deliver a new, legal and completely profitable industry that could easily reach $1.4 billion annually and $500 million a year in new tac money for the state within two years. 

These revenue totals are a safe and accurate estimate because both Pennsylvania and Illinois share very similar demographics. For starters, legalizing electronic gaming terminals would replace the tens of thousands of illegal, untaxed and unregulated video poker machines that are currently operating all throughout the Commonwealth.

Owned and maintained by private Pennsylvania companies, each tavern or club would be legally permitted to operate a maximum of five terminals which would be wired to a central computer to assure absolute accountability. The overall operations would be under the direct control and supervision of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. 

So just how much is this type of electronic gaming expansion growing the economy in Illinois? 

Illinois received about $90 million in tax revenue from video poker when it was first legalized in 2012, but is now estimated to generate as much as $300 million in 2015. Last year, according to Illinois Gaming Board figures, video poker players electronically wagered $8.2 billion, winning $7.6 billion. That left $660 million to be split among local governments and businesses. 

All totaled, the state of Illinois receives 25% of video poker revenue; with 5% going to municipalities; while the machine vendors and licensed establishments split the remaining 70% equally. Adding to these numbers are the thousands of new jobs created in the hospitality and vending industries through increased employment of highly trained electronic technicians, drivers, bartenders, wait staff, etc.

Virtually any way you crunch he numbers, fully legalizing electronic gaming in Pennsylvania would be a multi-billion dollar game changer for hotels, restaurants, clubs, job creation and our economy.