After 62 years, Berlinsville Hotel owner, wife announce retirement
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Owners Gloria and Mike Kravetz have decided to retire from the Berlinsville Hotel. Mike Kravetz has run the business for 62 years.
I Love Lucy made its television debut, baseball fans heard the "Shot Hear 'Round the World", and U.S. President Harry Truman declared an official end to war with Germany.
The year 1951 marked a significant milestone locally as well, when a young upstart by the name of Mike Kravetz took over ownership of the Berlinsville Hotel, at 4588 Lehigh Drive, Walnutport.
On July 2 of that year, Kravetz began what would become a hugely successful foray into the restaurant business that would go on to produce cherished cheesesteaks, friends, and memories too innumerable to count.
In 1963, Mike's wife, Gloria, joined him in running the family-business. The couple's son David, was also an employee, as was longtime cook Gerry Gilbert, who worked at the business for over 40 years.
While the business became known for its cheesesteaks, Kravetz said there were two things he most prided himself on.
"I could always remember any drink that everyone has," Kravetz said. "And we never had a fight here; everything was peaceful."
After an unforgettable 62-year-run in which he served three generations, Kravetz said the time has come to retire.
As the couple reminisced on their long career, Gloria said she has many fond memories.
"We made a lot of friends," she said. "Everybody was friendly."
Mike added "We'll miss the people."
The business will continue to run under new ownership.