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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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Sharon Knight ShaferOMG! We sat next to these people! Who knew?!?!?!

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Jill Stoeckel DickertWould love to see Bob Ackerman on one of these selfies!

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It’s fair time! Come visit us at one of our two stands at The Great Allentown Fair
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Linda Thompsonwould love too. But in Az.

3 weeks ago
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Elaine Kish DavisOh Penny Troiani Bright. The Fair, The Fair. 😊😊😊😊

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Gregory SchneckYou have 2 stands but showing 3 pictures of just the big stand........why none of the Pizza Stand??

3 weeks ago
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Bertie GaydosI'm there now

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Mary Nieuwkerk SkinnerOh how I miss the Brass Rail!!....come open one in South Florida!

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Denise Simon Silversteinme too!

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Teri Moyer-MillerThank you for the wonderful steak sandwich tonight!!!!

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Rosemary Bebensee HoffmanHad 1 tonight! The best! And i will again tomorrow! Have them every year!!

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Carl NeffI used to work those stands when I was in high school.

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JoAnne ZairoWe had ours there tonight with Joe Zairo.....Delicious!!!

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Jack Steele StuberI worked that stand with a young lady named Penny back in 1964.

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Save the date and visit us at one of our two stands at The Great Allentown Fair— 8/29-9/4! See you then. ... See MoreSee Less

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Tyson HermanI Miss this!!

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