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

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

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Ken KramerYes them cheese steaks are worth the drive

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Donna SmithLove to stop here whenever I'm in the area. The food is just great.

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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 Erdmannyou too..........

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

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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!

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Sherrl WilhideI have a Real SNOWDAY ❄️❄️❄️❄️

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Suzanne Bennicoff HertzogWay to go Brass Rail thinking of the safety of your employees & faithful customers 😊

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Michael HeeryWell said ...

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Peter PavlovicOpen Sunday Please

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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 ! 😇

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The Brass Rail eating Birthday cakes at The Brass Rail.

We'd like to wish a Happy Birthday to our awesome customer and bartender, Jim!
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Roseanna Scherer BehlerThat is wonderful I wish my work was like that

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Peter PavlovicHappy Birthday Jim

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Sherrl Wilhide🎈🎈🎈Happy Happy Birthday To My Favorite Jim 🎈🎈🎈

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Jim MitchellI used to go there in the 80's

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Jim MillsWhen I get back to New York Alissa and I will go for a long weekend

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