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Member of the Month: Flinchy’s

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July 2016: Matt & Dawson Flinchbaugh
“It’s like throwing a party for 200 of your closest friends everyday.”

Business History
Matt started in the Service & Hospitality industry back in 1990. He started as a host and worked his way up to Bartender and Manager. Dawson served in the Marine Corps for six years, sold life insurance, ran a horse farm and headed a digital imaging business. He also served as president of the Wormleysburg Borough Council and chairman of the Dauphin County Historical Society. In 2003 Matt saw a great opportunity and asked Dawson to help run the restaurant. They decided to seize the opportunity and run with it. The rest is history.

About the Business
They added the Train Wreck Deck in late 2004, which ended up being great for business. They added catering in 2008 offering assistance with parties, meetings and special events. One of their signature items is the ‘Hot Rock’ where diners cook their own meals on a volcanic stone. It’s not just a meal it’s an adventure in dining. Flinchy’s is known nationally for their award winning chili and Chef Craig’s Championship Lobster and Crab soups.

Giving Back
Matt recently was named, Man of the Year by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Central Pennsylvania Chapter. He raised over $277,000 for their campaign. Flinchy’s believes strongly in ‘Neighbors Helping Neighbors’ and they go out of our way to make this happen. Matt Started Flinchypalooza as a fundraiser on the River but moved it to Flinchy’s about five years ago. They raised over $15,000 for the Lower Allen Police Department. They used the donation to purchase a K9 dog, outfit the car and train the officer. Flinchy’s has also donated many thousands of dollars to Lower Allen for Youth Programs. After Matt’s sister passed away from a heart attack, Flinchy’s raised almost $10,000 for the PA Heart Association. Flinchy’s donates to many causes such as Marine Corps Foundation, Red Land Little League, Four Diamonds and many more great organizations. For more information on Flinchys’s, go to www.flinchys.com!

Flinchy’s
1833 Hummel Avenue

Camp Hill, PA 17011
717-761-9000
Dauphin County
2015 to Present
www.flinchys.com

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Member of the Month: June 2016

The Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage & Tavern Association Member of the Month

June 2016: Joe “JD” Dailey
“It’s a Dream of Every Guy at Some Point to Own a Bar.” 

Business History
Joe “JD” Dailey spent most of his professional career working as a mechanic in Middletown, Pennsylvania. Having lived in the area for most of his life, he frequented local bars and restaurants, his favorite being the Mill House Tavern. Back in 2009, after a long day at work, JD entered the bar and after jokingly saying “It’s a dream of every guy at some point to own a bar,” he learned that the Mill House was for sale. A few weeks later, the offer was accepted, the papers were signed and JD became the owner of his own bar, JD’s Junction!

About the Business
The building had seen better days so JD and his team got right to work with renovations. What seemed like a few changes turned into a few more and by the end of the project, they had added everything from a new roof to new flooring and from a new kitchen to a new outside patio. After opening their doors in 2011, JD’s Junction has soon become a neighborhood favorite. The goal of JD’s is simple: great food, drinks, and friends. They proudly serve the freshest homemade food, sourced by local purveyors, as well as offer a rotation of craft and imported draft beers and drink specials. Want beer to-go? They have that too! JD’s is located at the heart of Middletown, right across the street from the Amtrak station and during the summer months, you can find the patio crowded with locals and newcomers mingling while enjoying drinks, food, and games. 

Giving Back
Since the beginning, JD’s Junction has continued to give back to the community as much as possible. Their favorite causes to support include anything to do with the Middletown Area School District. This includes donations to sports teams, music programs, and various other fundraisers. You can also find them donating to area bar crawls and the Wounded Warrior Project. JD’s is known for their burgers, wings, and fresh seafood so if you haven’t been there yet, be sure to stop by…you can even take the train there! For more information on JD’s Junction, go to www.jdsjunction.com!

JD’s Junction 
15-17 Mill Street
Middletown, PA 17057
717-616-8952
Dauphin County
2011-Present
www.jdsjunction.com 

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Member of the Month: May 2016

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May 2016: Joanne and Kevin McCready
From Co. Armah, Ireland to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania! 

Business History
Originally from Co. Armah, Northern Ireland, Joanne and Kevin McCready immigrated to the United States in 1993 where they settled in the New York City area. While Joanne worked in the financial industry for a bank, Kevin worked as a carpenter, focusing on high-end finish woodworking. In the fall of 2006 while visiting friends in Gettysburg, they found that Hamilton’s Tavern was for sale. Having always wanted to go into business for themselves, the McCreadys renamed the bar the Garryowen Irish Pub on June 1, 2007 and the rest is history.

About the Business
Over the next couple of months Joanna and Kevin began to remodel the bar, giving it a more authentic Irish look and feel, modeling it on the pubs they loved back in Ireland. Keeping with the authentic feel, the McCreadys began using many of the dishes from Joanne’s family. These included Shepherds Pie, Fish and Chips, the Ulster Fry and more. Over the years, the Garryowen has made it a point to partner with Adams County businesses to ensure the best quality produce, meats, and beverages accompany what they have to offer to customers. As business continued to grow, so did the need for more space. Recently, an additional dining room named the Gosford, as well as another bar, the Scullery were added to the Garryowen. They also added a new kitchen, allowing the flexibility to expand the menu. In addition to the authentic food and atmosphere, the Garryowen also boasts one of the most extensive Irish whiskey collections in central Pennsylvania.

Giving Back
The Garryowen first and foremost remains a place of community steeped in the flavor and culture of the pubs “back home.” Keeping with this tradition, the McCreadys love to give back to the community and people who support their business. Some of their favorite charities include the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen, the local SPCA, the Gettysburg area School District, Penn State’s THON, and many more. Be sure to stop by the Garryowen the next time you visit Gettysburg. Every weekend features live music, everything from indie to funk and from classic honky-tonk to punk. Enjoy authentic Celtic tunes every first and third Sundays of the month as the Garryowen plays host to the traditional Irish Seisiun from 2-5 PM!

Garryowen Irish Pub  
126 Chambersburg Street
Gettysburg, PA 17325
717-337-2719
Adams County
2007-Present
Facebook: The Garryowen Irish Pub 

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Member of the Month: April 2016

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April 2016: Josh and Jacob Funk
Annie Bailey’s: Lancaster’s Only Authentic Irish Pub!

Industry History
Brothers Josh and Jacob Funk knew at an early age that they wanted to commit their careers to the restaurant and hospitality industry. After growing up in Lancaster and both attending Penn State University for Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management, Josh and Jacob went their separate ways. Josh started off by joining the National Press Club in Washington D.C. where he quickly went from Evening Manager to Director of Business Development and Operations, a role where he was charged with growing the organization and sales team. Jacob went to work for the Pappas Restaurant Group in Chicago and ultimately ended up in Atlanta as an Assistant General Manager overseeing both the front and back of the house of a multi-million dollar restaurant.

Business Growth
With Josh being in Washington D.C. and Jacob in Atlanta, the brothers tried to visit home as often as possible but not as much as they would have liked. When Josh saw that Annie Bailey’s was up for sale, they looked at their finances and realized the additional opportunity that might be afforded by moving home. In August 2013, Josh and Jacob bought the building and business from the previous owners and became their own bosses. While they didn’t need to make any physical improvements to the building, they started to make small changes to the operation. This included introducing more craft beer to their tap and bottle selection, adding better kitchen equipment, and installing a new computer system for their staff. They also revamped the menu, which consists of the best Irish fare, specialties and drink offerings in the area. 

Giving Back
Celebrating its 10th anniversary this month, Annie Bailey’s has always been a place that gives back to the community around it. As the founding member of the King Street Seisiun, an Irish Celebration block party in downtown Lancaster, it has been able to raise funds for Lancaster City Alliance, The Lancaster Office of Promotion, Junior League of Lancaster, Music for Everyone, A Week Away, and the United Way of Lancaster. Annie Bailey’s is also the host location for the largest St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s annual Head Shaving Event in the state. This event, which is organized by local firefighters, has proudly raised over $100,000 every year since 2007 for childhood cancer research. Be sure to stop by Annie Bailey’s to help it celebrate its 10th year. For more information, please visit www.anniebaileys.com!

Annie Bailey’s Irish Pub and Restaurant  
28 E. King Street
Lancaster, PA 17602
717-393-4000
Lancaster County
2013-Present
www.anniebaileys.com

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Member of the Month: March 2016

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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 www.mcgrathspub.net!

McGrath’s Irish Pub and Restaurant 
202 Locust Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
717-232-9914
Dauphin County
2002-Present
www.mcgrathspub.net

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Member of the Month: February 2016

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February 2016: Bill and Mike Weiss
Woody’s: Philadelphia’s Landmark Gay Bar

Business History
Philadelphia natives and brothers, Bill and Mike Weiss, both began their careers in the car dealer business. Sixteen years later and after moving back from Kansas City, where they worked for Toyota, the Weiss boys decided to make a change by trying their hand at the bar and restaurant business. Growing up, their father Barney, owned and operated a number of comedy clubs where the boys worked. After moving home, they decided to dive right in and began buying a number of businesses including Grape Street Pub, 8th Street Lounge, and Bump Nightclub, as well as two establishments in San Diego, California.

Business Growth
In 2007, Bill and Mike bought Woody’s Bar in the Center City West neighborhood of Philadelphia. After remodeling, the bar featured an open floor plan, sliding glass doors that open to the patio, and a Tex-Mex-themed food menu. Dubbed “Your landmark Gay spot in Philadelphia,” Woody’s soon became popular with Philadelphia’s LGBT community. When Woody’s first opened, their clientele could be described as being 80% LGBT, but as they have grown, and especially after Gay Marriage became legal, their customer base has expanded to include all walks of life. Woody’s has Happy Hour every night of the week from 5 PM – 7 PM as well as DJs spinning for nightly Dance parties. 

Giving Back
As a member of the LGBT community, Mike has made it his mission to support the issues that those in the community continue to face. Mike is an elected Committeeman and Treasurer of the 8th ward, serves as Secretary on the Board of the Mazzoni Center, serves as Special Advisor for Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, serves on the 2nd Chance Foundation Board, represents Congressman Robert Brady on the Congressional LGBT Caucus and is a former State and City Commissioner. Along with his brother Bill, he regularly gives back to community charities and organizations. They include but are not limited to Action Aids, City of Brotherly Love Softball League, Equality PA, Manna, Sapphire Fund, Liberty City Democrats, Philly Pride Presents, Philadelphia Fight, The Trevor Project, and the William Way Community Center. For an upbeat, night on the town, be sure to stop by Woody’s the next time you find yourself in the City of Brotherly Love. For more information, visit www.woodysbar.com!

Woody’s Bar 
202 S. 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
215-545-1893
Philadelphia County
2007-Present
www.woodysbar.com

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Member of the Month: January 2016

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January 2016: Heather Gleason and Dave Garry
Come. Sit. Stay.

Industry History
Husband and wife team, Heather Gleason and Dave Garry, are no strangers to the industry as both began with the basics years ago. Dave started as a barback at The Plough and Stars and Heather as a server at Chili’s while attending St. Joseph’s University. Some years later, after Heather had tried her hand at the corporate world, both decided to go into business for themselves. In 2003, Heather and Dave opened the Good Dog Bar, committing themselves to offering quality food and craft beer at a low price in a city where gastropubs, bistros, and small, chef-driven restaurants had begun to explode.

Business Growth
Heather and Dave’s love for animals inspired the theme for the bar that now offers a dog photo contest every year for their anniversary party in December. Since the beginning, they have also been focused on offering customers the best food and drink at the lowest prices. Every Wednesday, they feature half off cans of beer and from Sunday to Thursday, they offer “in the biz” discounts to all industry employees. This focus on giving back to the employees of area bars and restaurants eventually led to the concept of their second business, The Industry, which they opened in June of 2012. Here, the walls are adorned with people of the Philadelphia restaurant scene and it’s where those in the business can also take advantage of a 20% discount everyday of the week.

Giving Back
As long time business owners, Heather and Dave have always been involved with giving back to the community and the customers that frequent their establishments. Every year for their anniversary party at the Good Dog, they team up with the Morris Animal Refuge for which they’ve raised over $40,000 since 2003. For the Industry’s anniversary party, they, along with Victory Brewing Company raise money for the Edward O’Malley Athletic Organization, an organization that funds local sports fields. Other organizations that they participate with include Action Aids, Dude Hates Cancer, FOP Lodge 5 & Survivors Fund, Fire Department-Local 22, Victim Wellness South Philly, St. Mary’s Harvest Hoedown, the Reed Smith Holiday Drive, and many more. If you find yourself in the city of Brotherly Love, please be sure to stop at the Good Dog and Industry. Their food is to die for and their drink specials are bar none! 

The Good Dog Bar
224 S. 15th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
215-985-9600
Philadelphia County
2003-Present
www.gooddogbar.com

The Industry Bar
1401 E. Moyamensing Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19147
215-271-9500
Philadelphia County
2012-Present 
www.theindustrybar.com

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Member of the Month: December 2015

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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
610-866-6646
Northampton County
1986-Present
Facebook: Ripper’s Pub

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Member of the Month: November 2015

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November 2015: Chris Shuppy
40 Kinds of Wings & Wicked Crab Cakes…Okay, I can Die Now! 

Business History
Chris Shuppy began his career in the service industry when he was hired as a server with The Gingerbread Man in Harrisburg in 1986. After some time, he was promoted to a manager and continued to manage that location for almost ten years. Deciding to go out on his own, Chris purchased the Highspire Diner with his parents, Anne and Pete. After seventeen years of owning the diner, Chris wanted to try his hand at the bar and restaurant area of the industry and in 2011 he purchased Nathan’s Bar and Grill.

About the Business
When Chris bought Nathan’s, it needed a lot of work. Luckily, he had previous experience in construction and was able to do most of the renovations on his own or with little help. Since remodeling the bar and dining room, Chris has seen an increase in business. He also attributes this increase to their great food! He went on to say that he has “the best crab cakes. I would put them up against anyone in town.” In addition, they also serve a number of seafood items, hand cut steaks, over 45 flavors of wings, and desserts made by Chris’s mom, Anne. With a smoke-free dining room and smoking bar, Nathan’s has been able to please every type of customer. What else keeps them coming back? Nathan’s has free darts on Tuesday, karaoke Thursday through Saturday, the NFL ticket and a number of other food and drink specials.

Giving Back
Since opening his business, Chris has been a big supporter of giving back to the community. In addition to donating to the Fraternal Order of Police every year, they also take a big interest in the East Pennsboro School District. They continuously donate to everything from athletics to the Education Foundation, as well as to any seasonal fundraisers. Most recently, they held an event where employees donated their tips to help Ovarian Cancer patients pay for medical treatments. To see more about Nathan’s Bar and Grill, please visit www.nathansbarandgrill.com.

Nathan’s Bar & Grill
201 Enola Road
Enola, PA 17025
717-728-7526
Cumberland County
2011-Present

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Member of the Month: October 2015

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October 2015: Matti Berkheimer
West York Inn: Your Favorite Neighborhood Hangout! 

Business History
Matti Berkheimer spent most of her adult life raising her children and running her own interior plant maintenance business. It wasn’t until she was looking for a part-time job in 2006 that she inquired at her favorite bar, the West York Inn. Luckily, owner Tom Garretty decided to give her a chance tending the bar. By 2011 Matti worked full time as a manager, helping Tom run the front and back of the house. When Tom passed away a few years later, Matti took over ownership and operations at the West York Inn.

About the Business
In recent years, Tom had updated the poolroom and installed a new liquor system that tracks costs and insures that every drink is served correctly. And after taking over, Matti continued to do a number of things that have helped to grow the business at the Inn. In addition to installing a new bar top and outside lighting, as well as fixing the ramp entrance, she also took more notice of the kitchen which will soon be serving a new, more concise menu reflecting the tastes of the customers. West York Inn features wings every Tuesday night and clams on Thursdays. They also allow customers to run the Jukebox every Friday and Saturday nights after 10 PM.

Giving Back
Some of the West York Inn’s favorite organizations to give back to include the West York Fire Hall, the West York Fire Department, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, and the West York Block Watch with their National Night Out activities. They are also big participants of Shop with a Cop, an organization that takes children in need Christmas shopping with area police officers. Matti and the West York Inn are also very active with the York County Restaurant & Tavern Association where they help with the annual fundraiser and the Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage & Tavern Association’s annual Golf Tournament. Be sure to stop by the next time you’re in the area for all that the West York Inn has to offer!

West York Inn
1400 W. Market Street
York, PA 17404
717-845-5884
York County
1999-Present