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MEMBER OF THE MONTH: May 2017

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Member of the Month: Jack’s Tavern, Jerry McArdle

“A friendly neighborhood tavern, serving the community since 1957”

Industry History
Jerry McArdle started in the industry bartending in 1980. He decided to purchase Jerry’s Bar in East Lansdowne, Delaware County back in 1984. Jerry heard through a friend, whom was a realtor, a local bar where he grew up was for sale. The previous owner, Jack Tunaitis had owned the bar since 1957. Jerry purchased Jack’s Tavern in 1988. Jack’s Tavern has been a staple of Delaware County for over sixty years. He didn’t stop at two bars he purchased his third bar in Lancaster County in 2004, Happy Rooster Saloon in Gap.

About the Business
Jack’s Tavern started out only having a twenty-seat bar and four booths. They now have a twenty seat bar, dining area with eight tables and a private room with seating for up to fifty. Jack’s Tavern is known for it’s friendly neighborhood atmosphere, ice-cold beer, and homemade soups and made to order jumbo sandwiches and platters, at a reasonable price. What makes Jack’s Tavern a special place is their loyal, regular customers. They hold the only Tavern Gaming License in Delaware County. For more information about Jack’s Tavern, please visit www.jackstavernmediapa.com.

Giving Back
Jack’s Tavern supports the Rose Tree Fire Company, Media Little League and youth football. They also support Upper Providence Police elves, which hand out presents and food baskets to families in need during the holidays. Jack’s Tavern feels it’s important to give back to the community they serve.

Jack’s Tavern
18 State Road
Media, PA 19063
610.566.5914
Delaware
2013-Present

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Member of the Month: April 2017

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Member of the Month: Shank’s Tavern, Bob Shank
“If these walls could talk”

Industry History
Shank’s Tavern was built in 1814 by James Stackhouse, a retired riverboat captain. In 1930, John and Kathryn Shank bought the tavern from Ernest Maulick, a local brewer. John and Kathryn renamed it Shank’s Tavern, they passed it on to Bob’s parents, Kathleen and J. Robert Shank Jr. Bob’s recalls the days when he and his younger brother hung out behind the jukebox, watching the locals enjoy a cold beer. When Bob’s parents divorced, his mother took over the business. When Bob got out of the Navy his mother asked him to come and help her for a while, that was 45 years ago.

About the Business
Bob had moved to Florida with friends to open his own bar. When that venture failed four years later, he moved back to Marietta. He didn’t want to be involved with the business but eventually realized he had a lot at stake and realized he had a lot to offer the community. With a renewed energy, Bob began looking at ways to revitalize the tavern. He and his mother made an unusual decision for a bar and closed on the weekends. Shank’s Tavern is now open only for private parties on Saturday nights, except for occasional special community events. Over the years, Bob has added air conditioning and an outdoor patio, but didn’t add on to the building. Bob doesn’t want to lose the coziness of the place. The tavern features a U-shaped bar installed by Bob’s father. The tavern has survived countless floods, six since Bob has been in charge. For more information, please visit www.shankstavern.com.

Giving Back
Shank’s Tavern feels it is important to give back to the community. They hold an annual fund raiser for their local animal rescue. This year’s entertainment will be Wolfmoon Revival, along with local food trucks, raffles and we can’t forget the adorable rescue dogs that will be hanging out in the backyard. In previous years, Shank’s Tavern hosted a Gumbo Cook off to support animal rescue and they’ve held auctions to raise money for Relay for Life.

Shank’s Tavern
36 South Waterford Avenue
Marietta, PA 17547
717.426.1205
Lancaster
2012-Present

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Member of the Month: March 2017

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Member of the Month: McStew’s Irish Sports Pub, Tom Tyler
 “There are no strangers here, only friends you have not met”

Business History
Tom Tyler started his career in the tavern industry back in 2008 by purchasing McStew’s Irish Sports Pub. Tom had worked his entire career in the financial services industry but always wanted to operate his own business. With the persuasion of a friend, Tom began to look at the tavern industry. Tom soon realized that the “R” license provided an opportunity for additional revenue streams in the form of beer and food to-go. In 2008 the opportunity that aligned with Tom’s requirements and the rest is history.

About the Business
McStew’s Irish Sports Pub’s operation consists of what Tom likes to say is three businesses under one roof. They have a popular sports bar, which is the destination for their daily regulars. They also have a full entertainment room for live music and a DJ, which is open Wednesday through Saturday. The third business is the full service twenty-five door beer-to-go store. McStew’s Irish Sports Pub jumped on the craft beer segment of the market as many others have but it works, They have a total of twenty-one draft lines and almost half are dedicated to rotation of craft beers. McStew’s also carries a very large selection of craft beers in their beer-to-go store. The unique thing about McStew’s is that they prepare over 90% of their menu in house. In 2015 McStew’s Irish Sports Pub was voted “Best Irish Pub in Bucks” for more information go to www.mcstewsirishpub.com

Giving Back
McStew’s Irish Sports Pub hosts an event every year in the month of October to raise money for cancer. They work with an organization called “ladies Rock for a Cause”. It is an all day rock and roll event. The uniqueness of this event is McStew’s has nine or ten bands throughout the day in which each band must be lead by or is an all female band. McStew’s Irish Sports Pub donates a percentage of the day’s sales as a matching contribution to the organization.

 

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Member of the Month: February 2017

The Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage & Tavern Association Congratulates: Member of the Month

February 2017: Federal Taphouse Lancaster, Corey Fogarty
“High-End Food, Beer & The Arts!”

Industry History
Corey Fogarty first got his start in the industry at the age of 15 as a busser at Chi-Chi’s Restaurant in Lancaster in the 1980’s. Over the next few years, Corey held every kind of job from waiting tables to training for T.G.I. Friday’s to bartending through- out his college years. A born-entrepreneur, Corey had a number of small businesses throughout his 20’s and then moved on to work in the technology and real estate industries. Feeling the need to return to the restaurant industry again, Corey began working for Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen and Taproom that had locations throughout Florida and Alabama. From there on out, Corey designed and built a number of restaurants in various states.

About the Business
After moving back to his native Lancaster, Corey was ready for another endeavor. The idea of creating a business concept based on high-end cuisine, a large beer selection, and music really took shape when Corey met Judd Goodman, a restaurateur out of Harrisburg. The two worked together to create The Federal Taphouse brand and soon after, Judd was able to open the Harrisburg location in late 2012 while Corey went on to open the Lancaster location on July 1st, 2013. Since the grand opening, the people of the surrounding Lancaster area have really taken to the Taphouse’s wood-fired oven and coal-fired specialties. In addition to a constantly evolving menu, with 100 beers on draft, what’s not to like! The Federal Taphouse model is largely based on the arts. While both the Harrisburg and Lancaster location host a number of musicians and shows, Taphouse Lancaster also houses an 80-piece art gallery featuring the works of local artists.

Giving Back
Not only a supporter of the arts, Corey and the Federal Taphouse also participate with a number of community charity events and causes. The most recent way of giving back to the community, was feeding all of the Lancaster City police officers who worked Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Corey feels it’s a way of serving those who serve the community. Their goal is to constantly have a program in the restaurant where they are giving back to someone or something. They feel it’s important to give back to the community. If you’re into great food, beer, music, and the arts, be sure to visit The Federal Taphouse Lancaster or their sister location in Harrisburg. For more information on upcoming events, go to www.federaltaphouse.com!

Federal Taphouse Lancaster
201 N. Queen Street
Lancaster, PA 17603
717-490-6932
Lancaster County
2013-Present

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Member of the Month: January 2017

The Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage & Tavern Association: Member of the Month

January 2017: The Friendly Tavern, Barbara “Peggy” Spene
“A cozy place for all to eat, drink and be merry”

Business History
In 1967 Robert McKee and his wife Larue started humbly but with a grand plan to create a cozy place for all to eat, drink and be merry. Bob and Larue’s daughter, Peggy decided to follow in her parent’s footsteps. Peggy took the bar into new directions by tearing down the old tavern back in 2001 and built the new Friendly Tavern, Irish Pub and Six Pack Shop. The Friendly Tavern has been in Peggy’s family for forty-nine years. Peggy’s sons Bob Kiel and William Kiel became part owners of The Friendly Tavern in 2015 making it three generations of hospitality and fun.

About the Business
In 2001 The Friendly Tavern added a six-pack take out shop to enjoy all of your favorite beers at home. The Friendly Tavern decided in 2016 to change things up again. They decided to bring the feel of a beach bar to their customers while they were still in the city. In July they opened their new addition the High Tide Tiki Bar & Grill. The Friendly Tavern added a tiki bar and a fire pit to sit around and enjoy good stories, laughs, cocktails and great food. They also added an area to play corn hole and horse- shoes if you enjoy friendly competition. In September they added a “year round” enclosure to the tiki bar and patio.

Giving Back
The Friendly Tavern feels that it is important to give back to the community. They are active in The Greater DuBois Chamber of Commerce. They have plans to work with the YMCA in the future to help raise money for their local programs. If you would like more information about The Friendly Tavern go to www.thefriendlytavern.com.

The Friendly Tavern
633 South Brady Street
DuBois, PA 15801
814-375-0966
Clearfield County
2009-Present

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Member of the Month: December 2016

The Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage & Tavern Association: Member of the Month 

December 2016: Note Bistro & Wine Bar, Ruth Pratt
“A comfortable neighborhood gathering place for local residents”

Business History
Ruth Pratt did not start out in the restaurant industry but three years ago she decided to do something special. Ruth being a food lover, decided to open up an establishment that she felt was unique to Harrisburg. Ruth spent three years planning and searching for the right spot. When the location became available she decided it was the perfect spot. The location having been through several other restaurants Ruth was confident she could make it work. She felt she could “break the curse” and with being able to add a liquor license it would help to create a successful bistro and wine bar. Ruth continues every day to find new ways to improve and grow the business while giving back to the community.

About the Business
Note Bistro & Wine Bar has grown over the last two years. Ruth has reached out to people who just love a great dining experience from all over central Pennsylvania. Note carries an extensive Old World wine list that features a wide selection of curious and interesting grape varietals. The building where Note Bistro & Wine Bar resides is a 1910 Victorian home that has been repurposed into a warm and inviting establishment. Note’s menu consists of a seasonally changing menu that spotlights fresh ingredients prepared from scratch as well as inspired and creative daily specials. Note has partnered with other small businesses in the neighborhood and created an environment of support for one another and endeavor to grow the area by increasing tourism into it and making it a place where people want to live. For more information about Note Bistro & Wine Bar go to www.notewinebar.com.

Giving Back
Note Bistro & Wine Bar understands how important it is to give back to the community. Note has been a big supporter of the Nobody’s Cats Foundation who spay and neuter stray cats and the Speranza Animal Rescue efforts. If you can’t tell Ruth loves animals. They support and have had events for the Mulberry Street Bridge Mural Project, who is dedicated to restoring and relocating murals in Harrisburg. They have participated in the March of Dimes Signature Chef ’s Auction and have donated countless gift certificates, wine pairings and food items to schools and other local fundraising organizations.

Note Bistro & Wine Bar
1530 North 2nd Street
Harrisburg, PA 17102
717-412-7415
Dauphin County
2016-Present

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Member of the Month: November 2016

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November 2016: Al’s Pizza of Dillsburg, Bob & Pamela Szajnuk
“A Lifelong Dream to Own my Own Business”

 Business History

Bob Szajnuk retired from his job in the trucking industry and always wanted to own his own business where he could work with people. Bob wanted to open a sandwich shop many years ago but it did not work out for him. Bob was presented with an opportunity in 2006 to purchase a franchise so he decided to give it a try and the rest is history. In 2010 Bob was able to purchase a malt beverage license and add beer to the restaurant.

About the Business
Bob’s lifelong dream was to own his own business but unfortunately after he purchased the establishment the economy had crashed. He felt lucky having a college degree to understand how to make his business succeed. Bob knew the he needed to be able to sell beer with his food. Back in 2010 Bob was able to purchase an economic hardship license for malt beverage. Having the malt beverage license has helped increase sales for his business. It has not been easy for Bob there have been many challenges over the years for the establishment. In a couple of months they will be brewing their own beer with the start of Big Bottom Brewery. Al’s Pizza of Dillsburg offers daily lunch and dinner specials and they plan to host a big event in a couple of months when their brewery doors open to the public.

Giving Back
Al’s Pizza of Dillsburg donates food throughout the year to New Hope Ministries, local schools and churches in the area. Every year Bob helps out at the Billy Kimmel Memorial golf tournament that raises money for their annual scholarship. Over the past fourteen years when Bob has free time he volunteers at swim meets. You can find him running the Colorado Timing System, distributing heat sheets or anything else to help run the meet. For more information on Al’s Pizza of Dillsburg or Big Bottom Brewery go to Facebook: Al’s-Pizza-of-Dillsburg and BigBottomBrewery.

Al’s Pizza of Dillsburg
6 Tristan Drive
Dillsburg, PA 17019
717-502-8800
York County
2013-Present

 

 

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Member of the Month: October 2016

The Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage & Tavern Association: Member of the Month

October 2016: The Conewago Inn, Tom & Sharon Roberts
“Let our family, take care of your family”

Business History
Tom & Sharon opened their doors in 2002, they had one goal in mind…. to make their patrons feel welcomed and at ease while serving the best in culinary delights with the most hospitable service possible. This is still their goal after fourteen years. Tom’s family has been in the restaurant business all of their lives. Tom and Sharon finally had an opportunity later in life to provide their family with a chance to own their own restaurant and the rest is history.

About the Business
Through hard work and determination and having a clear vision Tom and Sharon have grown their business over ten fold from the time they opened. They feel blessed to have earned a loyal and reliable customer foundation that continues to support their efforts. Tom and Sharon decided long ago a well-rounded dining experience draws customers to restaurant. The Conewago Inn’s main building dates back to 1860. The building served as a farmhouse until the early 1920’s when enterprising citizens took advantage of it’s prime location and established an inn named for the creek that flows nearby. They remodeled the entire interior and exterior of their very rustic building with its original logs and fireplaces. Tom and Sharon’s motto is “let our family, take care of your family” and they live by their motto. On any day Tom or Sharon are ready to welcome you at the front door and show you to your table. Their Son, Chef John Marks is the creative force behind their amazing food. One of many of the special events at The Conewago Inn is their Christmas show, which has live entertainment and they serve a five-course dinner.

Giving Back
The Conewago Inn supports the North Eastern High School Bearcats throughout the year. They are always ready to feed the entire team including the staff, coaches and cheerleaders. They provide a complimentary dinner prior to Homecoming. Tom and Sharon are very supportive of numerous charities, church groups and civil organizations. They feel it is important to give back to the community. For more information on The Conewago Inn, go to www.conewagoinn.com.

The Conewago Inn
3480 York Haven Road
Manchester, PA 17345
717-266-1376
York County
2004-Present
www.conewagoinn.com

 

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Member of the Month: September 2016

The Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage & Tavern Association Member of the Month

September 2016: Carriage Inn Restaurant & Catering, Dave Walls
just like home…….Only Better!

Business History
Dave Walls began his career back in 1973. He started as a bartender at Port Vue Memorial American Legion Post #447. Dave decided to venture out and came across a small bar in Elizabeth, Pennsylvania that was for sale. He decided to purchase the bar and the rest is history. The Carriage Inn started as a store, than became a speakeasy. After Prohibition, it became a legal tavern. Dave Walls is in his 34th year of business. In the Roaring 20’s, The Carriage Inn was a speakeasy named the “Bucket of Blood.” It was raided by the State Police more than once. In later years, the bar’s name was changed to Piccolo Pete’s and then Ernie’s. Ultimately, it was named The Carriage Inn in the early 60’s.

About the Business
When The Carriage Inn was purchased in August 1982, one of the things that was removed was the old wooden butcher block counter in the kitchen, which originally came from the mess hall of the Nike site located in Elizabeth Township. Over the years, The Carriage Inn was extensively remodeled, and 18 years ago, a new dining room was added, increasing seating capacity to 160 people. The addition itself seats 60, and many in-house events take place there. When the Boston Bridge was demolished, some of the original beams, which were made of wood, were used in expanding The Carriage Inn. The Carriage Inn completed their last addition in August of 2015. They added a catering division to the business twenty years ago and it continues to grow each year. The Carriage Inn was the first restaurant in the area to feature whole chicken wings after they became popular in Buffalo, NY. The Carriage Inn developed and holds a patent on the popular dry seasoning used on its wings To this day, one of the busiest nights of the week at The Carriage Inn is Wednesdays – “Wing Night”. For more information on the Carriage Inn go to www.carriageinncatering.com.

Giving Back
The Carriage Inn feels giving back to their community is very important. They donate to many charities, especially the local schools and the municipalities. The Carriage Inn donates food for local benefits, monetary donations and whatever else they can to help out customers who have had hardships.

Carriage Inn Restaurant & Catering
1601 Lovedale Road Elizabeth, PA 15037
412-754-1221
Allegheny County
2006-Present
www.carriageinncatering.com

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Member of the Month: August 2016

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August 2016: Chip & Shari Barbosa, Joey B’s
“Where good friends have met since 1988.”

Business History
In 1988, Joey B’s was established to honor a great son, brother, and friend, Joey Barbosa. The establishment began as a small town bar and in 2010, the Barbosa family ventured into a full-service restaurant. Many people have made wonderful memories within the walls of Joey B’s. Therefore, it is their mission to continue to grow and to strive to provide an atmosphere for both old and new friends to gather and create memories.

About the Business
In Summer 2013, they expanded their venue by adding a patio to allow Joey B’s to serve more friends. The patio ended up being a huge success, so they decided to add to the fun by adding a brick oven pizza oven, initiating a “Drinker B” brew crew, and beginning a house made sangria craze. What they are best known for is our expansive craft beer selection and their house made soups that range from California Cheeseburger to their ever-popular Lobster Bisque. Although it may appear their biggest fans are the craft beer gurus, the biggest supporters are actually the kids, or “Training B” crew, who end each visit to Joey B’s with a ring pop and homemade slushie.

Giving Back
Joey B’s feels the best form of advertisement is through the word of mouth of their customers. All of their advertising is done through donating to local organizations such as: The Veterans Memorial, Officers Down 5K, The Palmerton Rec Association, The Bo Tkach Foundation, Dream Come True, Special Olympics, Raising the House 5k, Palmerton Athletics, and most importantly, Palmerton Youth Endeavors. The success of Joey B’s can be contributed to the level of professionalism and devotion of their staff. The staff strives to make each guest’s visit unforgettable. The Joey B team would not be so successful if it were not for the wonderful customers they were blessed with who make working at Joey B’s enjoyable. The next time you visit Palmerton, stop by and meet the owners and the dedicated team.

Joey B’s
638 Delaware Avenue

Palmerton, PA 18071
610-826-6620
Carbon County
2013-Present
www.joeybsbar.com