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Western Pennsylvania Beer Wholesaler Gives Back in a Big Way Through Taverns

Pennsylvania beer wholesaler, Frank B. Fuhrer Wholesale Co. is generously donating $40,000 to local retail accounts through two assistance programs.

The first program, HARP (Hospitality Assistance Response Program), is set up through the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association (PRLA). This program gives individual grant money to employees of retail accounts who are on the frontlines on a first come, first serve basis.

“When most of us think back to special moments, they were celebrated at our favorite restaurants or hotels. It is our mission to promote, protect and improve the hospitality industry in our state. We are doing everything we can from sharing information and resources to raising funds to serve those who have helped all of us celebrate our moments big and small,” says John Longstreet, President & CEO of PRLA. “We are grateful for the support of Frank B. Fuhrer Wholesale of the HARP fund so we can continue helping our industry’s employees facing hardships due to the coronavirus pandemic.”

The second program, Be Calm. Be Safe. Be Fed., is through the Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage & Tavern Association (PLBTA). This program pays for meals prepared by PLBTA Members within the ten qualified counties. Those meals will then be donated to local hospitals, homeless shelters, and other locations through participating restaurants and taverns with cooperation of Frank B. Fuhrer Wholesale staff members.

Members of the PLBTA residing in the designated counties may download a grant application and instructions by clicking here.

“We’re thankful for the generous donation made by Frank B. Fuhrer Wholesale,” said Chuck Moran, executive director of the PLBTA. “As part of National Tavern Month, this donation will be used to help feed the heroes and the hungry of the COVID-19 crisis by purchasing meals from small business taverns and licensed restaurants through our “Be Calm. Be Safe. Be Fed.” program. It will help those on the front lines of this deadly battle and those needing food assistance, while providing much needed business to establishments that are struggling to keep their doors open so that all of their employees have jobs to come back to later.”

The donation amount will be split between the two programs and will benefit retail accounts within Fuhrer’s ten county servicing area. Frank B. Fuhrer Wholesale Co. services Allegheny, Beaver, Washington, Greene, Fayette, Westmoreland, Armstrong, Butler, Lawrence, Indiana, and the southern portion of Jefferson county.

Frank B. Fuhrer Wholesale Co. is one of the largest beer wholesalers in Pennsylvania. They are a member of the Pennsylvania Beer Alliance and the Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage & Tavern Association. Fuhrer Wholesale Co. is very active within their local community and gives back to numerous charities throughout the year. This pandemic has been no exception to their continued efforts to positivity impact those around them in need. Fuhrer has observed that taverns and restaurants are struggling since they are limited to providing only take-out service in order to combat COVID-19, per Governor Wolf’s order.

“PBA is extremely proud to represent Frank B. Fuhrer Wholesale Co. and all of our Pennsylvania Beer Alliance members who have generously donated resources to help those on the frontline during this crisis”, said Jay Wiederhold, President of the Pennsylvania Beer Alliance. “We are thankful for not only our members and their employee’s hard work but all the healthcare workers and essential employees who put their safety on the line for others every day.”

About Pennsylvania Beer Alliance
PBA is an incorporated, non-profit, trade association made up of franchised beer wholesalers licensed by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to purchase and sell malt or brewed beverages as importing distributors.

About Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association
The PRLA strives to promote, protect, and improve the hospitality and tourism industries in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. PRLA conveys the unified voice of these industries to the Commonwealth’s citizenry and elected officials.

About Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage and Tavern Association
The Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage and Tavern Association represents small business taverns and licensed restaurants in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Association formed after Prohibition in 1941, reorganized in 2019, and today advocates for best practices and rights within the industry as well as best experiences for patrons.

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Make The Comeback Greater Than The Setback: Lessons Learned From COVID-19

In the evening hours of March 15, 2020, Governor Tom Wolf made an announcement that will be etched into the minds of Pennsylvania restaurant or tavern owners forever. That announcement officially ordered restaurants and taverns in certain SEPA counties to close their dine-in facilities at 12:01 a.m. March 16 to fight the spread of COVID-19.

The very next day during an afternoon presser, the governor expanded the order to include restaurants and taverns in all counties.

Despite the panic and fear it caused within the industry, overwhelmingly Pennsylvania’s restaurants and taverns followed the order with many redefining business models to provide take-out food and beverage service only.

None-the-less, COVID-19 is a setback for every establishment and every industry employee. Revenue has been lost, and income-producing jobs have been put on hold.

So, we must ask ourselves a question … what has our industry learned from all of this?

Upfront, we learned the importance of having a business continuity plan.

Equally important, particularly as any crisis eases, is having a recovery plan. Here are four things to consider when working on your recovery plan.

Customer Communications

Those who were able to conduct some business during the COVID-19 crisis learned the value of keeping in touch with past customers. Many establishments saw value in using email lists and social media.

If you haven’t built a customer email list, now is the time to get started. Find a way to collect email addresses every time a customer places an order. Not only can you use an email list during a crisis, but you can also tap its power for normal business operations. Tools like MailChimp make it easy and affordable to maintain email lists and create promotional emails.

As we learned in a social distancing world, social media plays a huge role in connecting with friends and family. Many restaurants offering take-out service as part of their COVID-19 business continuity plan relied partly on Twitter and Facebook to get the word out. If you’re not already using these two tools, it’s time to get started.

Ordering and Delivery

The role of online ordering and delivery services increased as the COVID-19 crisis grew. Establishments that had Websites ready to take orders had an advantage. Similarly, those already connected with delivery services like Uber Eats and DoorDash were a step ahead of their competition.

Since these tools are growing in popularity, and maybe now part of the customer culture as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, your establishment needs to take them seriously. Talk to your Web designer to see what you can do to improve your online ordering capabilities. Maybe you even need an app for use on cell phones. Also, reach out to a delivery service and connect.

Insurance Review

How many owners really knew what was and wasn’t covered in their business insurance package before the COVID-19 crisis? For sure, many found out during the crisis what wasn’t covered.

As the Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage and Tavern Association has said in the past, shopping around and doing a yearly review of your insurance needs should be a part of your annual business plan (see March 2020 edition of this magazine). If not, now is the time to work it into your recovery plan. Talk to your broker or directly to an insurance company for help.

If you don’t have a broker, the we suggest contacting Independent Food & Beverage Insurance Brokers, Inc. (IFB), which is an Associate Member of our Association and ready to help Members with their needs. To reach IFB, call Michael Sabino at (201) 460-8465 or 1 (800) 336-6121. Or send an email to

Also, Integrated Specialty Coverages (ISC) is another Associate Member of the PLBTA. You can purchase ISC insurance through a broker or through Gaslamp Insurance Services at 1-888-681-1230. For more information on ISC, call (619) 550-8786.


You don’t want to be left in the dark during a crisis. And it helps to be in-the-know during times of normalcy. Being a part of organized taverns should be in your yearly plan.

During the first three weeks of the COVID-19 crisis, the Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage and Tavern Association sent 25 alerts to Members. Each alert contained valuable information ranging from financial matters to safety issues to breaking news.

Based upon the open rate and click-thru rate of each alert we sent, it was very evident that each alert was being read and then circulated. Having access to this type of information can save a business.

We also know that non-members suffered by not being a part of organized taverns as they scrambled to get important news and help. Members certainly had an advantage.

Maintaining your membership in the PLBTA is important at all times. Renewing or joining is as easy as going to and using your credit card. Those who are not Members can easily begin the Membership process using the same Web address.


This story was republished from the May 2020 edition of the Pennsylvania Beverage Media, which is the official monthly magazine of the Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage and Tavern Association.

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Statement: Rep. Masser’s Lifeline Amendment Vital For Tavern, Restaurant Survival

The following is a statement from Chuck Moran, executive director of the Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage and Tavern Association. The PLBTA represents small business taverns and licensed restaurants across the state.


For Pennsylvania’s small business taverns and licensed restaurants, it’s about survival.

Along with school districts, our industry has been the tip of the spear in this fight to flatten the coronavirus curve, buying time for our health care professionals to prepare. They’ve sacrificed a lot.

Unlike other types of liquor licenses that can operate their base businesses, our Members have not been allowed to do the same. While others are seeing expanded sales and profits, Pennsylvania restaurants and taverns have suffered lost markets and income.

But, today, Rep. Kurt Masser (R-107), who represents parts of Columbia, Montour and Northumberland counties, and 192 other members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed an amendment to HB 327 that will make it a little easier for local taverns to survive. That amendment allows the sale of mixed spirit drinks to go, something that is currently not allowed by state law.

The final vote on A05282 was 193-9, showing overwhelming support from both Republicans and Democrats.

A study by the National Restaurant Association estimates that the Pennsylvania restaurant and food service industry will lose more than $1.8 billion in sales in April. The same study indicates 96 percent of Pennsylvania restaurant operators have laid off or furloughed employees since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak in March.  (Our members have an average of 17 employees each.)

The study also suggests future restaurant closures should be anticipated.

The Governor’s reopening plan suggests it could be many more months until all Pennsylvania counties reach a “Green phase,” which is why finding additional revenue streams for small business taverns and licensed restaurants is so important for their survival.

HB 327 now moves onto third consideration.

On behalf of all Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage and Tavern Association Members, we thank Rep. Masser for spearheading this amendment. We also thank both Republican and Democrat members of the House who voted today to help small business taverns and licensed restaurants.

By in Latest News Comments Off on PaTaverns COVID-19 Information and Guidance

PaTaverns COVID-19 Information and Guidance

Since the start of the coronavirus crisis, the Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage and Tavern Association has kept its Members up-to-date with daily reports and links to important information to help them navigate these troubled waters. This page is a collection of important links in one location.

Last updated July 15, 2020, 5:45 p.m.


Orders and Legal Matters





Financial Matters
  • Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
      • Economic Disaster Injury Loan via Small Business Administration – A quick infusion of a smaller amount of cash to cover you right now
      • Small Business Debt Relief Program – provide immediate relief to small businesses with non-disaster SBA loans




  • Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program (CWCA)
    • Access point for this program:  Certified Economic Development Organization (CEDO) for county where business is located (Find it here)
    • Eligible Businesses: Any for-profit businesses located in PA and with 100 or fewer employees worldwide may qualify for disaster relief loans. Your application must be processed through the CEDO designated for the county where your business is physically located.
    • Loan Amount: The lesser of 3 months of working capital not to exceed a loan amount of $100,000
    • Interest Rate: 0% for all business types except Agriculture Producers
    • Amortization: 12 years
    • Term: 3 years
    • Repayment: No payment in first 12 months, amortized payments monthly for the following 24 months, one balloon payment for the remaining balance in the 37th month
    • Collateral: Blanket lien on all current business assets and any acquired in the future in first available lien position
    • Guarantors: All owners (individual or other business entities) owning 20% or more of applicant business must guarantee the loan. Some credit criteria for approval (as evaluated by PIDA) may include: at least breakeven performance in the prior year, acceptable personal credit history of the guarantors, and historical cash flow adequate to pay obligations
      • For the Guarantors (any owner, individual or business entity, with 20% or more interest in Borrower):
        • Signed Certification Sheet (Individuals) (Business Entities)
        • For individuals: A signed and dated Personal Financial Statement (Click Here for blank form) or provide what you have already prepared dated within last 12 months
        • For business entities: Most recent year of financial statements


  • Rapid Response Assistance – for businesses that have had to close either temporarily, consider layoffs, or is financially at-risk for permanent closure. This program from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development is available to assist you with a variety of services and resources to help you and your employees.



  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
    This applies for those who typically do not qualify for unemployment compensation. We anticipate Pennsylvania having this program up-and-running towards the end of April.



Mental Health Assistance
  • Disaster Distress Helpline – Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – Call 800-273-8255 or Chat with Lifeline
  • Crisis Textline – Text TALK to 741741


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By in Latest News Comments Off on Letter to Members: We Will Be Better Because Of This

Letter to Members: We Will Be Better Because Of This

Dear Members,

Never could I have imagined for any reason that I would have to tell every Member of my Association to either close their establishments or limit their services.  The order from Governor Wolf to Pennsylvania’s taverns and restaurants to limit service to take-out only initially shocked those in the industry. Fear of lost revenue for these small businesses and paychecks for their employees immediately was very evident in every phone call or email I received.

At that time, there was little I could tell you to ease your pain beyond letting you know many associations including ours were working to help you through these difficult times.

Pennsylvania’s taverns and restaurants were the tip of the spear in this fight. Early and decisive decisions had to be made by Governor Wolf to flatten the curve, buy time for our health care professionals to prepare, and ultimately save as many lives as possible.

It was the right decision. The Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage and Tavern Association supported the governor’s order early.

Fortunately, our elected leaders in both Harrisburg and Washington, DC, haven’t forgotten the sacrifice small businesses are making. Financial help is on the way to both small business owners and their employees.

The importance of saving lives is being matched by the importance of saving livelihoods.

I believe that as Pennsylvanians navigate this crisis, all of us will be better because of it.

We now know what it’s like to have our jobs and ways of life threatened in a manner no one could have ever guessed.

We now know the value of loved ones and friends more than ever before as we practice social distancing and self-isolation.

We now know the value of different professions. From the cook preparing take-out food to the cashier in the grocery store ringing up orders to the healthcare provider saving lives, we’ve learned how important each and every person is.

And, we even learned how our very own individual actions are important as we put more emphasis on washing our hands, covering our noses and mouths with every sneeze and cough, and not hoarding necessary supplies like food.

We will weather this storm. And, we’ll be a better country and better people because of this.



Chuck Moran
Executive Director
Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage and Tavern Association

By in Latest News Comments Off on Pennsylvania Taverns with Pick-up Service During Governor’s Coronavirus Order

Pennsylvania Taverns with Pick-up Service During Governor’s Coronavirus Order

The following is a list of PLBTA Members that are offering either pick-up service, delivery service, or both during the Governor’s Order related to COVID-19. Some are also selling gift cards and/or participating in a virtual tip jar to help their employees.

We ask Pennsylvania to help these small businesses at this time of crisis by ordering a meal to take home. Maybe you can buy a gift card to use after the crisis passes.

Members … please send an email to to be added to this list.

List as of 10:00 p.m. on 3/30/20


Adams County

  • The LIVERY – 900 Chambersburg Road, Gettysburg
    Pick up only, meals and beer
    4 to 8 Monday-Sunday
    Gift cards available


Allegheny County

  • Carmella’s Plates and Pints – 1908 East Carson Street- Pittsburgh
    Pick up service every day between the hours of Noon and 8 p.m.
    Full menu
    Gift cards available by placing your order over the phone and we will mail to you or by stopping in


Berks County

  • Little Oley Tavern – 2068 Farmington Avenue, Boyertown
    Pick-up service starting Monday, March 23


Butler County

  • B&J Coney Island – 635 Kelly Road, Slippery Rock
    Lunch, Dinner
    Curb-side Food Orders
    (724) 794-4899


Carbon County

  • Joey B’s Bar – Restaurant – 638 Delaware Ave., Palmerton
    Offering pick-up / curbside
    Tuesday-Sunday 11AM – 8PM
    Gift cards available


Chester County

  • Spring City Hotel – 88 N. Main Street Spring City
    Take out food and beer
    Wed-Sat 4-8
    Gift cards available
  • Ron’s Original Bar & Grille – 74 E Uwchlan Avenue, Exton
    Take-out, Delivery and Curbside Pickup
    11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    Gift cards available
    Tips maybe left on credit cards or via cash
    Follow via Twitter @ronsoriginal


Clearfield County

  • Denny’s Beer Barrel Pub – 1452 Woodland Road, Clearfield
    11 a.m. til 9 p.m.
    Six pack Bottle Shop Open
    Order from our menu online at
    Or call in Take Out Orders
    Food pick up in Bottle Shop or You may request Curb side service if ordering online


Cumberland County

  • Flinchy’s – 1833 Hummel Ave, Camp Hill
    Offering: Pickup, Curbside, and will deliver catering business meals to companies up to 10 employees.
    Open 1100 am – 7:00 pm
    Gift Cards available
    Forwarding tips to servers
  • Three Pines Tavern – 336 N. Baltimore Ave. Mt. Holly Springs
    Pick-up, Delivery soon
    11 a.m. to 8 p.m.


Dauphin County

  • Mangia Qui, Rubicon and Suba – 272 North Street, Harrisburg
    Rubicon – 270 North St, Harrisburg
    Suba – 272 North St, Harrisburg
    Free delivery and curbside pick-up
    All orders are by phone – 717-233-7358
    Menus and info available online by clicking on name above


Delaware County

  • Frontier Saloon – 336 Kedron Ave Folsom
    food pick up and beer takeout
    10 a.m. to Midnight
    Gift cards available


Erie County

  • Edinboro Hotel Bar – 100 Meadville Street, Edinboro
    Pick up or curb side delivery only
    11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday
    11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday & Saturday
    Gift cards sold in-house, Orders for gift cards over the phone available and can be mailed
    Follow us via Twitter @EdinboroHotel


Fayette County

  • Arch Café – 615 N.Pittsburgh St., Connellsville
    Pick-up, curbside, and delivery
    11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    Gift cards available


Franklin County

  • Norland Pub – 454 Norland Avenue, Chambersburg
    Offering Carry Out & Limited Delivery Options
    11 a.m. to 8 p.m., 7 Days a Week
    Gift cards available


Lancaster County

  • Hot Z Pizza – 3001 Harrisburg Pike, Landisville
    Monday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    Pickup & Delivery
    Order online: or call ahead at 717-898-3889 


Lehigh County

  • Mahoneys Irish Pub – 1609 Hanover Ave Allentown Pa
    11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    Gift cards available


Montgomery County

  • Jerzees Sports Bar & Pizziaria – 2609 Mt Carmel Avenue, Glenside
    11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
    Online ordering available on our website
    Takeout Food and Beer available Credit only no cash
    Delivery Food and Beer available Credit only no cash 3 mile delivery radius


Philadelphia County

  • Villa di Roma – 934 S. 9th Street, Philadelphia
    215-592-1295 (Call first)
    Pick-up service Tuesday through Sunday, Noon to 8 p.m.
    Gift certificates and cold beer also available


Wayne County

  • The Grille Room & Overlook Restaurant – 301 Woodloch Springs, Hawley
    Pick up service
    Mon-Thurs: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Fri-Sun: 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    Gift cards available
  • The Boat House Restaurant – 141 PA-507, Hawley, PA 18428
    Pick up service
    12 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily
    Gift cards available
  • The Pines Tavern – 153 Welwood Avenue, Hawley
    Noon til midnight
    Pick up service, food and beer


Wyoming County

  • The Table Rock Hotel – 11018 St Rt 6, Laceyville PA 18623
    Pick up pizza, stromboli and beer
    11 a.m. to 9 p.m.


York County

  • The Other Place – 10 S. Highland Ave., York
    11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    Take-out Service
    Paper menus on the door to take home
  • Alley Oops Sports Bar & Grill (Suburban Bowlerama) – 1945 S. Queen St., York
    Pick-up and Delivery
    Gift cards available
    Follow them on Twitter @suburbanbowling
  • Goofy’s Eatery and Spirits – 5965 York Road, Spring Grove
    11 am to 10 pm
    Delivery and pickup
  • Golden Crust Pizza – 59 East Broadway, Red Lion
    717-246-2773 or Order Online at
    Sunday: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    Wednesday / Thursday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    Friday / Saturday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • VFW Post 5265 – 199 W First Ave, Spring Grove
    Pick-up in the dining room
    11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Gift cards available
    Follow via Twitter @vfw5265
  • Westgate Restaurant & Lounge – 1550 Kenneth Road, York
    Take out, please call ahead to place order
    11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    Menu is on website
  • Glenville Station – 7945 Glenville Rd,Glenville
    11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Daily
    Carry out Food and Beer




By in Latest News Comments Off on An Open Letter to Pennsylvania Bars and Restaurants Concerning COVID-19

An Open Letter to Pennsylvania Bars and Restaurants Concerning COVID-19

Yesterday’s announcement from Governor Wolf left many wondering why bars and restaurants were ordered to close. And, it didn’t help matters that after the order was made, there was significant confusion due to different interpretations of the order until Governor Wolf sent out a clarification last night.

It was a tough decision, no doubt. But, there’s a simple answer why Pennsylvania bars and restaurants were ordered to close.

We don’t want to be the next Italy. Some in the medical community fear that it could happen, and happen quickly. COVID-19 has the unique ability to spread in a very short time period and impact large populations at once, as we’ve seen across the world.

Italy chose not to address social distancing until it was too late. Up until the very last minute, bars and restaurants were filled to capacity.

The slow response by the Italian government has left staggering statistics with a health care system that is overwhelmed. News reports make it clear that hospital staffers have had to make devastating decisions about who gets treated and who they must let go. As of this morning, Italy was reporting nearly 30,000 coronavirus cases and more than 2,000 deaths.

Governor Wolf’s order to close the state’s restaurants and bars was difficult, but it was in the best interest of public health. Hopefully, it will slow the spread, flatten the curve, and give our health care networks the time they need to prepare.

It’s often been said that health care professionals are on the front lines of the war against diseases, and that they are heroes.

Let’s add Pennsylvania tavern and restaurant owners, bartenders, waitresses and waiters, and other staff to the list of heroes. They’re the tip of the spear in this fight. They’re sacrificing revenue and salary to play their part in stopping the spread.

This crisis will pass. There was once a time that the world struggled with polio. That was until a Pennsylvania physician named Jonas Salk invented a vaccine. Today, polio is almost non-existent. Our country’s smartest medical researchers are working on this, and like Jonas Salk, they’ll find an answer.

And, when they do, patrons will return to restaurants and bars, celebrate life, and declare victory.

Chuck Moran
Executive Director
Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage and Tavern Association


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