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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….

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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Happy 4th of July! Stop in for the all American meal-- Cheesesteaks and a beer! We are open until 10PM tonight. ... See MoreSee Less

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Janet Schmick MrazekWe were there for breakfast

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Janice C ButzWish we were there........unfortunately it is a long way from NC!

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Kristin JaneA month ago Brass Rail graciously hosted our Allen High Class of '67 50th High Reunion-- served 97 members delicious Cheese steaks, salads, FFs & vegie platters, pizza+ cake!! Great food, service & prices!! Thanks again Brass Rail!

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Kathy Scherman DwinalAwesome place!!!!!

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Andrew FickSometimes I really miss working there, don't you? Kristin Guldeman Kate Russo Lauren Jesmain Kyle Beitzer Keri Urban Freyman Cari Schmeltzle boy, this is a random mix of weirdos tagged here

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Keri Urban FreymanHaha. The good old days! Yeah your the head of this weirdo clan

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Happy Fathers Day! Join us tonight for dinner, and try one of our delicious Fathers Day Specials.

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

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