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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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Eric Senkovichhad one yesterday in Kutztown, thanks for coming. Born and raised in Allentown, always stop in when in that area.

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Sherrl WilhideThat's the cutest little tent I've ever seen ! Glad y'all had a good day ! BRASS RAIL ROCKS !

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Bill FrankU bet the Brass Rail Rocks. Been my favorite Allentown Restaurant for many many years since I've been going to Allentown. In fact even though I live here in NH. the steak sandwiches are still the best I've ever had so the Brass Rail still gets my vote as favorite Restaurant so please pass this on to Mark Sorrentino so he'll know.

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Rachael JohnsonAww jamie xD

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2 of our Breakfast Gals.. Rosi and Laura.

Like the classic rail breakfast? Show us some love and vote us for Best Breakfast for the morning call readers choice awards!! www.mcvip.me
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Elsbeth KoeferLove all of the amazing staff, but Rosi is by far my favorite :)

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Barbi Miller-NormanRosi is awesome!!❤️❤️

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Diane Walbert KeiserTwo awesome servers!!! Love the Brass Rail!!!

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Sylvia ErnstThese 2 r the best

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Connie DeAngeloLove those girls

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Jean MartinI know Rosie, bowled with her. Great person

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Did you vote for the 2016 Readers Choice Awards today?

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We are nominated for Friendliest Service, Best Breakfast, and Best Cheesesteaks... show us some love!!
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The Brass Rail with Chloe Wilhide and 8 others.

It's that time of year again-- The Morning Call Readers Choice Awards!

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