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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….

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The Brass Rail at The Great Allentown Fair.

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Jerry MorrisUm ... Nah

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Jerry Morris😂😂

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Bill HrnYes, but why is he wearing a red hat?

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Jennifer TerefinkoWell it's not Gene Simmons...You can tell, maybe another member. Look what they posted...I wonder....who knows.

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The Brass Rail at The Great Allentown Fair.

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Gregory SchneckWhere's Lorraine??

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Roseanna Scherer BehlerI love Lorraine. She works on Lehigh st.

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Stephanie ArleneThe other tent I believe

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AJ PeterlichWheres Evelyn

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Pam Sorrentino RayLooking good!! Have a great week!!

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Jill Stoeckel DickertI don't see you Bob!

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Jerry MorrisCome over to the other tent !! Better service and bigger smiles!!!

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Doris HolzerWhere is Cheryl

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Sherrl WilhideY'all are adorable !

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The Brass Rail added 2 new photos.

The Great Allentown Fair starts TOMORROW (8/30). Make sure you come visit us at one of our two stands for all your favorites -- Cheesesteaks, Steak Sandwiches, Italian Hoagies, Pot Roast Sandwiches and more.
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Rita Gery BrownWrap mine to go....to Florida. Miss the fair and the steak sandwiches. Hope you have nice weather.

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Rosemary Bebensee HoffmanLove the Brass Rail! Go every year for your delicious cheesesteaks!!

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Debbie NonnemacherLove Allentown Fair and Brass Rail...can you send to England?

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Peggy CoonHaven't been there for at least 12 years. The food! 👍

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Connie ShareskyFirst thing I'm going to eat!!!!

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