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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….

We are currently looking for night time servers. If interested, please stop by and apply within.

In addition, we are also accepting applications for Bussers. Please feel free again to come by and fill out an application.
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Doug HelffrichKudos to the Brass Rail!

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Cari SchmeltzleMark, you just don't feel like shoveling I bet!

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Judy SeierThat is great! Everyone should stay home and safe.

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Shirley SchaupMy favorite go-to restaurant. Love the staff and food !

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Fran Rogan HetkowskiWhenever we are back in the Allentown area we always stop for a great Cheesesteak!

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Matt ArataLooks old awesome!

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Stephanie ArleneLooks good!! Miss you guys.

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Kathy GrohWow it all looks good, I love the food there.

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Richard RossThree cheesesteaks, double order of pierogis needed in Dallas please... :)

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Jillian SalabskyI cannot wait till June when I'm back for vacation to eat here.

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Pamela MillsNeed it now!

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Pam Sorrentino RayYUM!

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Sally BehrCHILI DOGS!! The centerpiece of any nutritious meal

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Debbie HerrityLove the steak sandwiches.

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Mary McGovernAt the Rail right now!

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Tara SchmoyerI love going to. The brass rail and my fiance and I are never disappointed..

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Patricia PurcellYummy

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Ruth Kranch BroganIt's very hard to see it and know it is so far away from Georgia. 😐

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Stacey ScanlonI'll be back home to visit in 19 days and brass rail will definitely be on the menu :)

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Lisa Kline EastmanWhy can't I have this shipped to my house in New Jersey.

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Sue MillerI want a cheesesteak.

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Bob-Jackie HeislerLove the steak sandwiches & homemade soups. 💟

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Anita StevensOne of my favorite places to eat!

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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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