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A Little Brass Rail History

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.

The Brass Rail

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.

The Tradition continues….

Super Bowl Sunday at the rail! We are OPEN until 10:00. Come watch the big game and have a few drinks at the Brass Rail Bar. ... See MoreSee Less

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Gregory SchneckGo Eagles......lol

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Stephanie FrantzThe halupkies were really good today!

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Happy Friday! Come kick off the weekend tonight at the rail for dinner or maybe have some drinks! ... See MoreSee Less

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Sherrl WilhideWhere's Sherrl 😿

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#throwbackthursday busy night at the rail in the late 1970s! ... See MoreSee Less

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Yummy! Stop by the Rail tonight for dinner, and you won't leave hungry! ... See MoreSee Less

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Diane EmerichIf I leave right now and drive straight through, I can be there for dinner tomorrow night!

2 weeks ago   ·  1
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Carol Amanda XanderWell Diane, I think their cheese steak's just may be worth that drive! Lol

2 weeks ago   ·  1
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Ken KramerYes them cheese steaks are worth the drive

2 weeks ago   ·  1
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Donna SmithLove to stop here whenever I'm in the area. The food is just great.

2 weeks ago
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Trace HenleyI cannot wait to go eat there when we come to Pennsylvania in March!! <3 The Brass Rail!

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Due to the expected weather and the safety of our employees & customers the Brass Rail will be closed Saturday January 23. Stay safe everyone! ... See MoreSee Less

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Jon Erdmann

2 weeks ago
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Jon Erdmannyou too..........

2 weeks ago
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Barb MillerI applaud you for not having your employees battle the storm. Good job!

2 weeks ago   ·  12
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Tom SorrentinoI hope all you guys stay warm and safe back home in Allentown. If you think of it, when you reopen, could you ship a couple of cheese steaks to me in Memphis. Lol

2 weeks ago   ·  1

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Rick LacknerI need some cheesesteaks in Ontario Canada as well please :)

2 weeks ago
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Doug HelffrichNice to see businesses that care about people! You can tell that employees are family at The Brass Rail!

2 weeks ago   ·  3
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Sherrl WilhideI have a Real SNOWDAY ❄️❄️❄️❄️

2 weeks ago   ·  4
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Suzanne Bennicoff HertzogWay to go Brass Rail thinking of the safety of your employees & faithful customers 😊

2 weeks ago   ·  1
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Michael HeeryWell said ...

2 weeks ago
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Peter PavlovicOpen Sunday Please

2 weeks ago
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Jerryand Anndrea MorrisFor those of you who work tomorrow please don't risk your life if it is open !!! Glad I'm off !! But feel sorry for those that have to be their ! 😇

2 weeks ago
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