The Olde School House Tavern has the best food around, according to its owners.
Glenn and Shelly Kahn feel they aren't bragging as much as they are telling it like it is.
Shelly is a hands-on business owner. She can verify that the food is good because she does most of the cooking herself. They buy their meat from a local butcher and the seafood is purchased fresh for the weekend specials. Everything is prepared on site.
"We focus on good, well-prepared food," said Shelly.
While some might say, that the Olde School House Tavern at 4740 Long Run Road, Lehighton (Franklin Township) is a great place if you can find it, it's really not that hard to find. If you are not from the area, it's just around the bend from Franklin Township Fire Company and for the locals they know it is just past where the Kriss Pines fish hatchery was located and five minutes from Penn's Peak.
The name, Olde School House Tavern, comes from the building that had at one time been a one room school house. After the one room school closed in the 1950s, it was turned into a local tavern and over the years has evolved into a well known restaurant.
The Olde School House features various specials every day. Customers will find a great meal to their liking at a great price on an every day basis.
Monday is clams special. Tuesday is taco night. Wednesday is wing night. Thursday's special is a chef's special, purchase one dinner, get the second dinner at half price; and Friday, Saturday and Sunday, there is fresh seafood, steaks alfredo, and Sundays, buy five wings, get five wings and more. Ribs are always on the menu. All the soups are homemade.
Customers say you get great food at a good price.
With the summer weather fading to the to the cooler and crisper fall temperatures, Glenn and Shelly are inviting everyone to stop by The Olde School House Tavern and have dinner in the new outdoor area which includes a gazebo and large patio, with an outdoor fire pit. There is also a play land for children.
"We've had the idea to add outdoor seating for some time and we're finally ready to show it off," said Glenn. "Those who have seen it, love it. It's so relaxing. It's like having dinner on your own patio, but with us doing all the work."
While the patio and gazebo are lovely additions, it's the great food, friendly and capable wait staff and bartenders who make a trip to the Olde School House Tavern a must. The interior of the restaurant recently received a facelift.
We have regulars who drive up to an hour for our specials," said Shelly. "It's that loyalty that we love."
They have so many loyal customers, the Olde School House has initiated a loyalty program that rewards steady customers with a $20 gift card after receiving 500 points.
"We are always improving and we have additional plans to extend the outdoor bar and patio," said Glenn.
This is the only tavern in the area that doesn't just feel like a bar since most of the sales are food related. It's a nice place to visit and families are welcome.
While reservations are not required, on weekend nights, Shelly does suggest making a call. The phone number is 610-377-4444. The restaurant and outdoor seating area is also available for private parties and catering is also available.
"We welcome you to walk through our kitchen and see how clean it is," said Shelly. The restaurant seats 75 people inside and another 30 people outdoors.
If you haven't been here, you don't know what you are missing. Karaoke every Saturday. Plans for an open mike night. Special events with free food on most holidays.
Shelly said they are also taking applications to hire an additional seasoned cook.