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Member of the Month: November 2015

The Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage & Tavern Association Member of the Month

November 2015: Chris Shuppy
40 Kinds of Wings & Wicked Crab Cakes…Okay, I can Die Now! 

Business History
Chris Shuppy began his career in the service industry when he was hired as a server with The Gingerbread Man in Harrisburg in 1986. After some time, he was promoted to a manager and continued to manage that location for almost ten years. Deciding to go out on his own, Chris purchased the Highspire Diner with his parents, Anne and Pete. After seventeen years of owning the diner, Chris wanted to try his hand at the bar and restaurant area of the industry and in 2011 he purchased Nathan’s Bar and Grill.

About the Business
When Chris bought Nathan’s, it needed a lot of work. Luckily, he had previous experience in construction and was able to do most of the renovations on his own or with little help. Since remodeling the bar and dining room, Chris has seen an increase in business. He also attributes this increase to their great food! He went on to say that he has “the best crab cakes. I would put them up against anyone in town.” In addition, they also serve a number of seafood items, hand cut steaks, over 45 flavors of wings, and desserts made by Chris’s mom, Anne. With a smoke-free dining room and smoking bar, Nathan’s has been able to please every type of customer. What else keeps them coming back? Nathan’s has free darts on Tuesday, karaoke Thursday through Saturday, the NFL ticket and a number of other food and drink specials.

Giving Back
Since opening his business, Chris has been a big supporter of giving back to the community. In addition to donating to the Fraternal Order of Police every year, they also take a big interest in the East Pennsboro School District. They continuously donate to everything from athletics to the Education Foundation, as well as to any seasonal fundraisers. Most recently, they held an event where employees donated their tips to help Ovarian Cancer patients pay for medical treatments. To see more about Nathan’s Bar and Grill, please visit www.nathansbarandgrill.com.

Nathan’s Bar & Grill
201 Enola Road
Enola, PA 17025
717-728-7526
Cumberland County
2011-Present

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Mixologist of the Month: November 2015

The Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage & Tavern Association Mixologist of the Month

November 2015: Meghan Bonsall

Signature Cocktail:
Meghan’s Trashcan
1/2 oz. Vodka
1/2 oz. Gin
1/2 oz. Rum
1/2 oz. Triple Sec
1/4 oz. Melon Liqueur
1/4 oz. Blue Curacao
1 Can of Red Bull floating upside down 

At the age of 15, Meghan Bonsall began working as a hostess at a popular restaurant in her hometown, Mount Joy. A few years later, after moving to Pennsylvania’s state capitol, she began waitressing at Zembie’s Sports Tavern, a local favorite on Harrisburg’s Restaurant Row. In no time at all, she was promoted to a bartending position and now helps to manage the bar as well. 

When asked what her favorite thing is about bartending, Meghan cited the constant action and nightlife. Whether she’s “moving to keep up with the volume” of customers or interacting with patrons, she stays in motion. She believes that this kind of work ethic, along with being attentive to the needs of her customers makes her good at what she does. Meghan is RAMP and Food Safe certified, which is important training that helps her to recognize potential problems and to stay within the PA liquor code. You can find Meghan most nights of the week at Zembie’s slingin’ drinks and doing what she loves!

Zembie’s Sports Tavern 
226 N. 2nd Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
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Zembie’s Sports Tavern

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Legislator of the Month: November 2015

The Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage & Tavern Association Legislator of the Month

November 2015: Representative Seth Grove (R)
Serving Part of York County, District 196 

Beyond Tax Cuts, We Need Pro-Growth Reforms 

 

Like so many industries in the commonwealth, taverns across Pennsylvania are struggling under the lack of predictability and increased costs which originate in Harrisburg. Governor Wolf’s budget would increase taxes by 16% on small business owners and consumers. On June 1st, I led the charge to defeat these taxes and joined with my colleagues on October 7th to again defeat the governor’s taxes.

Opposing tax increases alone is not enough to grow our economy; growing our economy requires passing pro-growth policies which create a predictable and healthy environment for job creation.

Over the past year, I have worked on passing such pro-growth policies including supporting liquor privatization to expand competition and lower costs for consumers. In addition, I introduced, and worked with the Senate, to move legislation preventing local governments from passing their own paid leave mandates. These mandates at the local level force companies to comply with non-consistent regulations throughout the commonwealth which lead to increased costs.

Along with increasing competition and stopping new government mandates, I have worked with the Pennsylvania courts to move legislation out of the house and create a legal environment conducive for business. By specializing in business matters we can offer companies a faster, consistent and more predictable legal process.

In the future, I plan to introduce legislation to reform the Human Relations Commission (HRC). On average, the HRC takes over 480 days to decide a complaint, which dramatically increases costs. These cases are overwhelmingly dismissed due to lack of evidence for discrimination. My legislation would reduce the process to 130 days and force individuals to pay legal costs for unfounded complaints. 

As you can see, we have been busy passing more pro-growth reforms to create a more complete and beneficial business environment to keep current businesses and attract more businesses.