The Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage & Tavern Association Member of the Month
September 2015: Fran Volpe
Volpe’s Sports Bar: A Lehigh Valley Tradition
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.
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.
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