In 1917 a 9 year old boy came to America from Italy. His name was Philip Sorrentino. Fourteen years later, Phil took $80 he had saved and opened a hamburger and hotdog stand.
He was originally going to call his stand “Phils Lunch” – however a friend suggested “The Brass Rail”. Phils philosophy was simple: good food, courteous service, and a fair price.
By 1933 The Brass Rail had outgrown the stand. Phil moved into 1137 Hamilton Street. The new location featured a bar room, dining room, and a doggie shop in the front window.
The Biggest year in Brass Rail history was in 1937. This was the year Phil introduced Allentown to it’s first steak sandwich.
In 1961 Phil opened his second Brass Rail Restaurant at 3015 Lehigh Street.
Although the original Brass Rail on Hamilton is no longer there, customers still flock to the Lehigh Street location, where Phil’s original philosophy is carried on today by his grandson… good food, courteous service, and a fair price.
Carl NeffI worked at Lehigh St from around '69 to '72. Steaks were 50 cents, cheese steaks 65 cents. Dale Keller was the manager then, and Phil Sorrentino was still alive. I also worked at the fair stands. I always stopped in for a steak when I came back to Allentown, but I've been gone several years and don't get back anymore.
4 weeks ago
Verona McCordwe were their last Wednesday had a wonderful meal.& service
4 weeks ago
Janet StarkweatherI visited the LV this past weekend from Texas. Thoroughly enjoyed my TWO visits to the Brass Rail.