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Member of the Month: September 2015

The Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage & Tavern Association Member of the Month

September 2015: Fran Volpe
Volpe’s Sports Bar: A Lehigh Valley Tradition 

Business History
Americo Volpe emigrated from Italy in 1915 and went straight to work opening businesses around the Lehigh Valley. One of those businesses is now Volpe’s Sports Bar in Allentown, which he opened in the late 1940’s and is still run by the family today. Throughout the years the business was run by various family members including Americo’s son Robert, who took control in 1984. These days, Robert’s three children, Robin, Mike, and Fran continue the family tradition of running the business along with their father. Fran, who along with his siblings grew up in the industry, learned from a very young how to balance registers and make deposits, as well as most of the other daily operations of a retail business.

Business Growth
After bartending from the age of 18 and learning the business the old fashioned way, Fran opened Volpe’s second location in Emmaus, Pennsylvania in 2008. Starting from scratch, Fran took the original bar (dating back to the 1920’s) and turned it into their Cigar Bar. While they have a smoking exemption, he also created a main, smoke-free bar and dining room with 20 TVs and a pool table. Both of the Volpe’s Sports Bar locations has every sports package available so that customers can watch everything from local high school and college games to professional sports. They also carry a variety of local and regional craft beers as well as a full food menu.

Giving Back
As a part of the community for many decades now, the Volpe family has always been more than happy to give back to area charities and fundraisers. Some of their favorite charities to support include the United Way of Lehigh Valley, the Coco Foundation, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Pediatric Cancer Foundation of Lehigh Valley, Beat the Streets Philadelphia and various school sports teams and after school programs for Emmaus, Parkland, Allentown, Central Catholic and more! The next time you find yourself in the Lehigh Valley, be sure to stop by Volpe’s Sports Bar for all they have to offer. For more information on specials and entertainment, please visit www.volpessportsbar.com!

Volpe’s Sports Bar: Emmaus
501 Broad Street
Emmaus, PA 18049
610-965-0311
Lehigh County
2008-Present
www.volpessportsbar.com

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Member of the Month: August 2015

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August 2015: Al Haulman
Al’s: Serving the Community for over 30 Years! 

Business History
Al Haulman first got his start in the food industry when he was 15 years old, working at JoJo’s Pizza & Pasta shop in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. From early on, he knew he wanted to be his own boss so at the young ago of 19, Al opened Al’s Pizza on June 1st, 1985. Al’s soon became a neighborhood favorite, as it was one of the first places in area to offer pizza specials. Not only that, but in an area where most restaurants closed at 9 or 10 PM, Al’s stayed open and made deliveries until midnight and 1 AM. 

About the Business
Throughout the years, with additional locations in Dillsburg, Mechanicsburg, and Carlisle, Al’s had continued to grow. In 2011, Al bought a liquor license and converted the available space next to his original shop into a full service bar and restaurant. He also took advantage of the extra space by installing a number of large beer coolers for to-go and in-house consumption.  Most recently, it the spring of 2015 Al applied and received the Hire for Transport Permit and has been delivering the specified amount of beer to customers along with their pizzas and subs.

Giving Back
Al’s Pizza and Pub has always been willing to give back to community that has embraced them for all these years. The business is very much involved with the East Pennsboro School district, donating funds to support the High School football, baseball, and wrestling departments. They also participate by hosting fundraising events for the East Pennsboro Township Police Department, Ambulance Service, Enola Fire Company, West Fairview Fire Company, and other organizations in the area. Al’s Pizza and Pub recently celebrated their 30th anniversary by hosting an outside party where customers enjoyed craft brews, food, and local bands. For more information on Al’s Pizza and Pub, please visit www.alspizzaenola.com.

Al’s Pizza and Pub
409 N. Enola Road
Enola, PA 17025
717-732-8100
Cumberland County
1985-Present
www.alspizzaenola.com

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July 2015: Jan Hench
McCoole’s: The First Tavern & Hotel in Quakertown

Business History
Not always a part of the restaurant and hospitality business, Jan Hench and her partner spent their time investing in real estate. At the time she served as a volunteer, board member and chief cook for the Main Street Theater, so when the building next door became available in 2002, Jan and her partner jumped at the opportunity to invest in a restaurant. The building was Quakertown’s first tavern and hotel back in 1747 but had not been operating as a restaurant for many years. Needless to say, it required nearly a year of extensive renovations to restore all of the historic attributes. It was initially leased to a chef and operating as The Historic Red Lion Inn but when the chef decided to move on, Jan hired another chef and began running the restaurant in 2005 as McCoole’s at the Historic Red Lion Inn.

About the Business
After the Main Street Theater closed down in 2007, Jan purchased the building to provide additional outdoor seating for McCoole’s and to be used as a much needed banquet space for the community. They named the facility McCoole’s Arts & Events Place, and addition to having the space available for theater productions and business seminars, they also created a space for their microbrewery, The Red Lion Brewery. Recently, Jan and her staff have opened a third room in the Arts & Events Place called The Gallery which can be rented out for dinners and parties. McCoole’s also offers complimentary wine tastings the first Wednesdays of each month, a complimentary shuttle service (Mane Street Shuttle) for their patrons, as well as a Beer Festival held every year in their wine and spirits garden. As they get ready for their 10th year anniversary in November, McCoole’s has revamped their menu to feature more locally grown, antibiotic and growth hormone free foods.

Giving Back
Jan Hench and her staff are extremely involved within the Quakertown community. Because they have a theater and attractive banquet space, they are often asked to host fundraising events, for which they usually donate the building space. They are involved with the Upper Bucks Alliance for Creative Expression, which fosters the arts for area youth. In addition, they support St. Luke’s Hospital, Star of the Day Event Productions, the Veterans Support Centers of American Paws Program, the Richland Area Softball Association as well as the Upper Bucks Enforcers. Be sure to stop by McCoole’s to experience all they have to offer to the community. For more information, please visit www.mccoolesredlioninn.com!

McCoole’s at the Historic Red Lion Inn
4 S. Main Street
Quakertown, PA 18951
215-538-1776
Bucks County
2005-Present
www.mccoolesredlioninn.com