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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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Susie SpaitsAre you working tonight Sherrl Wilhide ??

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Sherry D KromerWe will be there, it's tradition!

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Charles VanBilliardThe best waitress ever

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Patty MunzellI wish

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Debbie HerritySusan Lee I know you guys were there!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and we have some great dishes on our specials menu that night for the special occasion. Yum!

Prime Rib au Ju---Roasted boneless prime rib in its own juices.
Served with a cup of soup, tossed salad, vegetable, beverage & dessert.

Stuffed Haddock---Baked filet of haddock with a shrimp and crab stuffing. Served with a cup of soup, tossed salad, vegetable, beverage & dessert.

Surf & Turf for Sweethearts!---An 8 oz Black Diamond & a 5oz Lobster Tail with brown butter. Served with a vegetable, tossed salad, cup of soup, beverage & dessert.
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Michele HelffrichHappy New Year to all you Brass Rail workers!

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MERRY CHRISTMAS to all our amazing friends and customers. We will be CLOSED today (12/25) so that our staff can enjoy the holiday with their families. We will re-open Tomorrow (12/26) at 7AM. ... See MoreSee Less

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Jill Stoeckel DickertMerry Christmas to you all!

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Sunshine SmilezMerry Christmas Everyone!!!!

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Michele HelffrichMerry Christmas to all!🎄

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Lawrence PearyerMerry Christmas brass rail family

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Stop hiding.. Sherrl! 1 day...

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Susie SpaitsThere is that little Elf that's been flying around the The Brass Rail . Merry Christmas Sherrl Wilhide

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