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May 2015

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Mixologist of the Month

The Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage & Tavern Association Mixologist of the Month

May 2015: Jose “Joey” Diaz

Signature Cocktail
The Accident
Southern Comfort
Captain Morgan
Raspberry Schnapps
Melon Schnapps
Blue Curacao
Cranberry Juice & Sprite

Joey Diaz first got his start in the industry as a member of nightclub security. As time went by, he was promoted to a bartender where his personality really shined. A customer favorite, Joey learned to keep up with the fast paced atmosphere of The Village Nightclub while also being able to entertain and serve his custom- ers to the best of his ability.

He believes that in order to be good at what you do, you need to have the temperament to deal with stress as well as to know your customers. You must be able to gauge what type of experience a customer will want by interacting with them. You also need to be on top of what’s trending, especially in a nightclub environment. Joey regularly experiments with different cocktail recipes and products; check out his signature concoction, The Accident. As the area’s largest nightclub, The Village is proud to host the best DJ dance parties and the best in live music. Please visit The Village’s website to view their upcoming events where you’ll be able to visit Joey and the rest of The Village staff!

The Village Nightclub
205 N. Christian Street

Lancaster, PA 17602
www.villagenightclub.com

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Member of the Month

The Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage & Tavern Association Member of the Month

May 2015: Michael Feinman
Trenton Road Take Out: The “King of Craft Beer”

Industry History
Michael Feinman grew up in Levittown, Pennsylvania and went on to obtain a civil engineering degree at Penn State University. Returning home, however, he went right to work in the family business, the Trenton Road Tavern. Michael’s father Leo started the business in 1970 and as their take out business expanded over the years, the bar got smaller. Finally in 1986, the Feinman family stopped serving hard liquor and changed the name to Trenton Road Take Out.

About the Business
Now a full service 6-pack and 12-pack establishment with one of the largest selections in the area, Trenton Road Take Out (TRT) carries a full line of over 950 Foreign, Craft and Domestic Beers, as well as serves breakfast and luncheon sandwiches. Along with the help of his daughter Nicole, Michael has been extremely successful in taking advantage of social media to help further his business. By using Twitter and Facebook, TRT has been able to keep in touch with the needs of its customers while both announcing new arrivals and taking requests for certain products. Named by a customer on Facebook, TRT offers their Sir-Mix-A-Six deal where customers can mix a six of beer with no upcharge that they might experience at other places. Looking for something to do this spring and summer? Trenton Road Take Out hosts a number of “Food Truck Saturdays” where they bring in different types of food trucks and offer beer samplings to customers.

Giving Back
As a former President of the Bucks County Licensed Beverage and Tavern Association, Michael likes to give back to the community that has embraced his family and TRT for so many years. A majority of the funds raised for charities and events are collected from Trenton Road Take Out’s customers, for which Michael will then match. Some of his favorite charities include the Christopher Mensch Foundation, “A Fundraiser for Joey,” the Movember Foundation, Healing Consciousness, the Family Service Association of Bucks County and many more. For more information on Trenton Road Take Out, please visit www.trentonroadtakeout.com or like their page on Facebook!

Trenton Road Takeout
1024 Trenton Road

Levittown, PA 19054
215-736-1389
Bucks County
1986-Present
www.trentonroadtakeout.com

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Legislator of the Month

The Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage & Tavern Association Legislator of the Month

May 2015: Senator Scott Wagner (R)
Member of Senate Law & Justice Committee
District 28, Serving part York County

April 2nd marked my one-year anniversary in the Pennsylvania State Senate representing the 28th District in York County. Since coming to Harrisburg last year, having won a special election in March 2014, I have been focused on issues that save taxpayers money, improve the business climate, and overall are common-sense approaches for our state government.

Liquor privatization is one of these issues. Unfortunately, like many things in the Senate, there has been a lot of talk but little action to bring privatization to fruition. I intend to change that.

I believe private enterprise is better able to sell liquor than the government. Therefore, I am proposing a plan to gradually sell off the state stores by providing existing R and D licensees the opportunity to obtain an expanded license to sell beer, wine and spirits.

It is important to note that I do not intend to create any new licenses, but I am looking to encourage the sale of those in safekeeping in order to achieve the revenue potential such licenses have for business owner and the Commonwealth. Also, my proposal does not address beer package reform.

While it is an alcohol-related issue, trying to combine the two will only continue to hinder efforts to finally achieve privatization. While the overall goal is to get the state out of the liquor business, my motivation is also you and your customers. There is no reason we should not be allowing existing businesses the opportunity to increase their own sales while providing customers with the convenience they have been demanding.

As we continue to advance this issue in the legislature, I certainly welcome input from you, and if you have questions about my proposal or other issues important to you, please feel free to contact me at senatorwagner.com.