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Member of the Month: December 2015

The Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage & Tavern Association Member of the Month

December 2015: Chuck Kovacs
Ripper’s Pub: “The Best Dive Bar You Hate To Love!”

Industry History
Charles “Chuck” Kovacs began bartending thirty-five years ago at a place called Your Mother’s Bloomers in South Bethlehem. While the bar is no long in existence, it was a popular place in Chuck’s early twenties that helped teach him much about the industry. Wanting to go into business for himself, Chuck purchased Ripper’s Pub from Joseph “Ripper” Rich on February 2nd, 1986. Ripper was a successful tavern owner and loved by many, a man that Chuck has modeled his own ownership after.

Business Growth
When Chuck took over the business, the menu consisted of a handful of sandwiches, four draft beers, and one television. As he continued to make changes, Chuck integrated a larger food menu and draft system. He also installed ten TV’s, a video game system, a Jukebox and went from cash-only to accepting credit card sales. In recent years, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania has experienced a cultural renaissance and is now know for their Restaurant Row. With the increased volume of customers in the area, Ripper’s Pub has seen continued growth throughout the years. Known for their Ripper’s Burger, the pub also offers food specials Monday through Friday as well as Happy Hour from 4 PM to 6 PM.

Giving Back
Rippers Pub rarely turns down a donation for any charity that they are asked to participate with. That being said, some of their favorites include area Pub Crawls and Golf Outings. Most recently, they supported the Shamrocks Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Bethlehem Charity Circus hosted by local firefighters and the Celtic Classic Highland Games and Festival by providing a free lunch to volunteers. Lehigh Valley Style magazine recently awarded Ripper’s Pub the “Best Dive Bar You Hate to Love.” Be sure to stop by to see all that Ripper’s Pub and Bethlehem has to offer!

Ripper’s Pub
77 W. Broad Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018
Northampton County
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Mixologist of the Month: December 2015

The Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage & Tavern Association Mixologist of the Month

December 2015: Megan Hogeman

Signature Cocktail:
The McLovin’
Cherry Vodka
Pomegranate Vodka
Grape Vodka
Blue Maui
Sours Mix
Splash of Sprite

Throughout high school and college, Megan Hogeman waited tables to make extra money. After a few years, she was introduced to someone that got her a bartending shift at McGrath’s Pub and the rest was history! Over the years, Megan has helped to establish quite the family at “The Pub” as her favorite things to do are “to make people feel happy during their time off, establish new friendships along the way, and to have the best work environment that anyone could ask for!”

She goes on to say that being attentive, a great listener, and having a good attitude and patience has helped her to succeed in such a fast paced and sometimes stressful atmosphere. In addition to her bartending shifts, Megan also manages the front of the house so you can find her there most nights of the week. Be sure to stop by McGrath’s the next time you’re in Harrisburg…and ask Megan for the McLovin’!

McGrath’s Irish Pub and Restaurant  
202 Locust Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101