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Mixologist of the Month: April 2017

The Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage & Tavern Association’s Mixologist of the Month

April 2017: Stephen Simpson

Signature Cocktail:
Irish Trash Can
1/2 oz. Gin
1/2 oz. Vodka
1/2 oz. Light Rum
1/2 oz. Peach Schnapps
1/2 oz. Blue Caracao Liqueur
1/2 oz. Triple Sec
1 Can Red Bull

Stephen “Stevie” Simpson started off as a busboy/dishwasher in the early 2000’s. Since then, he has become proficient in every job, filling every position in the restaurant! While many bartenders and mixolo- gists have invested in training courses to teach them how to bartend, Stevie believes that getting your foot in the door is the best way to get the job. He believes that as long as you learn everything you can about every respon- sibility of the job, you can climb your way to the best shifts behind the bar!

Stevie’s favorite thing about his job is meeting new people, rooting for his favorite Philadelphia teams on the big screens, and creating new drinks. Try his Peach Long Island Iced Tea or Irish Trash Can! When asked to give advice to a prospective bartender, Stevie says, “you need to treat every guest like a friend and to be patient both as a server and a customer.” He also believes that having hands-on experience in all aspects of the industry is really the key to being the best employee you can be. Be sure to stop by the Willow Street Pub any day of the week to visit Stevie and his fellow employees!

Willow Street Pub
2775 Willow Street
Coplay, PA 18037
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Member of the Month: April 2017

The Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage & Tavern Association 

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

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