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April 2015

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Legislator of the Month

The Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage & Tavern Association Legislator of the Month

April 2015: Representative John Payne (R)
Chairman of House Gaming Committee

106th District

Since I was elected to the House of Representatives in 2002, I have served as a member of the House Liquor Control Committee. In this role, I have voted on behalf of bars, taverns, and restaurants on issues, such as “cork and carry” regulations, privatization of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, off-premise catering and license expansion.

This session, I was appointed Chairman of the House Gaming Oversight Committee. This commit- tee oversees slot machine gaming, bingo, small games of chance, amusement laws and table games in Pennsylvania, which can also have a direct impact on liquor and beer licenses. I have made it a priority to work directly with business owners and industry representatives to ensure their interests are taken into consideration.

At a recent hearing of The Gaming Committee, I was appalled to hear testimony from an Adams County tavern owner about the time, paperwork and cost involved in applying for a tavern gaming license. As we consider opportunities to improve the gaming industry in our Commonwealth, I am committed to making this process more business-friendly and leveling the playing field for all licensees. While we must have the necessary safeguards in place, it is important government does not burden business owners with overly complex and unfair requirements.
We are specifically looking at lowering the application fee, streamlining background check requirements and ensuring gaming violations are counted against an establishment’s gaming license instead of its liquor license. Your days are demanding enough without adding hours worth of paperwork and hoops to jump through.

I want to thank you for weighing in on issues with the tavern gaming law. I hope we can continue to work together closely to ensure Pennsylvania’s gaming industry improves and our bars, taverns, private clubs and restaurants all have the ability to grow and prosper.

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Mixologist of the Month

The Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage & Tavern Association Mixologist of the Month 

April 2015: Linda Scott

Signature Cocktail
The Sweet Tart
Place a shot glass into a rocks glass

Fill the shot glass with:
½ part Crown Royal
¼ part Ameretto
¼ part lime juice
Fill the remaining rocks glass with Red Bull

Linda Scott had never bartended before. That being said, friends, Debbie and Ken Koewacich, the owners of The Marigold, took a chance when they hired her to become the bar manager of the restaurant. After many years of friendship, they taught Linda everything she needed to know about the business. As a self- professed “people person,” Linda took to the job right away. She enjoys interacting with the customers and having fun while entertaining them. She even has a super soaker behind that bar that’s she’s not afraid to use…

Over the years, she’s learned that a great bartender will stay in control at all times. She goes on to say that you should “always have fun with the customers but to pay close attention to what’s going on around you. Never let your patrons run your bar!” Linda loves the people she has met at The Marigold but understands that in order to create an inviting environment, you have to practice responsible behaviors. If you ever find yourself in Sharon, be sure to stop by The Marigold to see Linda, her famous Sweet Tarts, but hopefully not her super soaker!

The Marigold
38 N Main Street
Sharon, PA 16146

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Member of the Month

The Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage & Tavern Association Member of the Month

April 2015: Michael Pullano
Reading’s World Famous Pike Cafe

The Pike Café in Reading, Pennsylvania originated in the 1940’s as a bakery and corner store, and then turned into a beer and shot bar years later. Growing up just down the street, Michael Pullano can still remember poking his head into the bar to let his father know that dinner was ready. Fast-forward to 1985 when after working construction in Philadelphia, Michael was convinced to go in as partners with a bartender-friend to buy a place of their own. At the ripe young age of twenty-four, the two friends bought The Pike Café on February 13th, 1985 and 30 years later, it has grown to become a favorite neighborhood bar and restaurant.

About the Business
One year after buying The Pike Café, Michael bought-out his partner and began to expand the business. The Pike started off by providing a few steam tables of food and wings and with such an overwhelming response by customers, Michael decided to look into expanding not only the kitchen but the bar as well. Soon enough, the Pike was a full-fledged bar and restaurant with daily lunch and dinner specials, as well as a variety of beer and spirits to offer. As time went on, Michael began buying up adjoining properties and expanding the Pike’s square footage. He also bought two buildings across the street that he tore down and converted into a safe, well-lit, off-street parking lot for customers. The Pike Café now features a 24-spigot tap system with an ever-changing draft selection and nightly chef features including Wing Night, Steak Night, Shrimp Night, Clam Night, and Rib specials. Customers can always find something to satisfy their hunger!

Giving Back
Known as one of the best locally-owned establishments in Berks County, winner of the Best Wings in Berks County, and the Best Sports Bar in the county, the Pike Café regularly gives back to the community that has embraced them for so long. The Gilmore/Henne fund gives back to the community by rehabilitating Reading-area playgrounds for the city’s youth. Another favorite charity includes the Officer Phil Program that teaches elementary school children safety. Other charities that the Pike supports include Albright College golf outings, Nurses Week, Cancer Research golf outings, plus many more. The Pike also supports a number of local recreational teams such as a dart team, shuffleboard team, volleyball team, and inner-city baseball and basketball teams, to name a few. If you need a place to go for a quick bite, a gourmet meal with clients, or to watch sports with friends, be sure to stop by the Famous Pike Café! For more information, please visit

Pike Cafe 
930 Pike Street
Reading, PA 19604
Berks County