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Member of the Month: March 2016

The Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage & Tavern Association Member of the Month

March 2016: Amy and Tom Scott
McGrath’s Pub: Harrisburg’s Favorite Irish Pub!

Business History
After meeting each other at a Houlihan’s in Pittsburgh where they both worked, Amy and Tom Scott got married and moved to Harrisburg to start their own business. They opened Scott’s Bar & Grille in 1992. In a time of downtown revitalization, Scott’s was one of the first restaurants to establish Harrisburg’s now thriving “Restaurant Row” and continued to do so until the Scotts sold it in 2003. In 2002, Amy and Tom bought a three-story building a few doors down and named it McGrath’s Irish Pub and Restaurant.

Business Growth
Originally part of the Gazebo Room, where the famous salad dressing was invented, McGrath’s benefitted from some renovations and in no time was one of Harrisburg’s favorite places. Since opening their doors, Amy and Tom have prided themselves in establishing a place where everyone from legislators to young professionals to industry friends to college students can call home. Early on, McGrath’s established a relationship with a little known Harrisburg brewery and became one of the first places in the country to carry Troegs’ beer on draft. Troegs was even nice enough to create their Atomic Ginger Beer for McGrath’s to use for everyone’s favorite Moscow Mules! While McGrath’s also carries an extensive collection of Irish whiskies and has over 20 beers on draft, it isn’t just a place to drink but also a great place to eat! Customers enjoy everything from traditional Irish fare to pub food to weekly specials reflecting the season and holidays!

Giving Back
Since moving to Harrisburg, the Scotts have been particularly interested in giving back to the city and those that have helped to establish their success. As President of Harrisburg’s Downtown Improvement District, Tom has worked to keep the city clean, safe, and beautiful to ensure increased sales for area businesses. As former President of the Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage and Tavern Association Tri-County chapter, Tom and Amy continue to participate in influencing legislation and issues that impact retail licensees all over the state. Over the years, they have also given back to the Bethesda Mission, The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Jump Street, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Dress for Success, The American Cancer Society and many other local schools and charities. Be sure to check out McGrath’s Pub for yourself the next time you visit the capital of Pennsylvania. For more information, visit!

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

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Mixologist of the Month: March 2016

The Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage & Tavern Association Mixologist of the Month

March 2016: Carrie Clayton 

Signature Cocktail:
Death of Adonis 
1 oz. Pimm’s No. 1
3/4 oz. Tsipouro
3/4 oz. Honey Syrup
1/4 oz. Dolin Rouge
1 Egg White
1 oz. Brut Bubbles to top

Cinnamon Apple Crisp garnish 

Carrie Clayton of Poros Aegean Estiatorio first began bartending in various dive bars in Brooklyn while attending college. She goes on to say “It wasn’t long before I realized that I absolutely loved the industry and was never going to be able to pull myself away.” After completing culinary school, Carrie dove head first into crafting her mixology skills. Now a few years later, Carrie has found herself as the lead bartender at Poros, one of the hippest spots on Market Square in Pittsburgh and she loves every minute of it. 

Hands down, her favorite thing about bartending is “the array of humans and personalities” that she gets to know and appreciate everyday. She thinks that having awareness is what makes her a good bartender and says, “you’ve got to be in tune and moving with every person and everything around you, otherwise there’s no chance of providing great service to every guest.” When Carrie isn’t wowing customers at Poros, you can find her with her daughter Adeline, “a delightfully loony little girl who can shake the best lemonade you’ve ever had!”   

Poros Aegean Estiatorio
2 Market Square

Pittsburgh, PA 15222