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September 2015

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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!

Volpe’s Sports Bar: Emmaus
501 Broad Street
Emmaus, PA 18049
Lehigh County

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Mixologist of the Month: September 2015

The Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage & Tavern Association Mixologist of the Month

September 2015: Beth Mattheu

Signature Cocktail:
Beth’s Bloody Mary
Tomato Juice
Worchestershire Sauce
Hot Sauce
Steak Sauce

Salt, Pepper, and Lime Wedge

Beth Mattheu got her start in the industry at the age of 18 and when a neighbor opened a brew pub in 2000, she decided to try her hand at bartending. For the past seven years, however, Beth has been fortunate to work “at a unique, friendly, little bar, Pub 217.” She goes on to say that she enjoys coming to work because of all the great people, customers and fellow employees alike! What’s even better is that Beth gets to work with her daughter, Wanda and another mother/daughter duo, Steph and Sarah.

Beth believes that in order to be a good bartender, you have to care about your position and clientele. You have to “care enough to provide a welcoming, friendly environment, a good joke, and a kind ear when needed.” Beth is proud to say that Pub 217 has recently had a successful chili cook-off and pork BBQ cook-off with more plans for future events. You can visit Beth any Sunday through Wednesday evening at Pub 217 in Littlestown, PA! 

Pub 217 
217 S. Queen Street
Littlestown, PA 17340

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Legislator of the Month: September 2015

The Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage & Tavern Association Legislator of the Month

September 2015: Senator Ryan Aument (R)
District 36, Serving Part of Lancaster County 

Responsibility Should Be A Guiding Principle 

Throughout my time as a member of the General Assembly, increasing government responsibility and accountability has been among my highest priorities. This philosophy has served as a guiding principle in my support of numerous government reform measures, including one of the most important good-government measures considered by the legislature this year – removing the state’s monopoly on liquor sales.

Although Governor Wolf ultimately vetoed the privatization plan approved by lawmakers, I have every confidence that Pennsylvania’s qualified, competent retail licensees would have met the challenge of privatization and helped deliver a quality experience for consumers. It is unfortunate that licensees were robbed of this opportunity to increase customer convenience and selection.

The Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage & Tavern Association’s dedication to responsible public policy makes them a strong ally to lawmakers. In addition to promoting sensible legislation pertaining to alcohol sales, they offer a unique opportunity for members to improve their business through Responsible Alcohol Management Training (RAMP) courses for employees. This training course helps protect businesses against expensive errors that can lead to liability lawsuits, higher insurance premiums and penalties for alcohol violations. 

Current law requires owners and managers of liquor-licensed establishments to receive RAMP certification from the PLCB, including certifying at least 50 percent of alcohol service personnel. I recently introduced a bill that would expand this requirement to include all alcohol service personnel. 

I introduced the bill after speaking with a local woman whose daughter was a victim killed in a drunk driving accident in Lancaster County in 2007. In that tragedy, the driver who caused the accident had been served alcohol at multiple local businesses prior to the accident, despite visible signs of intoxication. Expanding training requirements will help ensure all employees are equipped to identify and handle similar situations safely and responsibly.