Thanks for posting this trip. I've been to that area a few times and am always confounded by the peculiar operating hours of NEPA's culinary landmarks. Only open on certain days, certain hours, hardly ever open during daylight...all sorts of quirks.
In fact my one time in Girardville, I had planned to spend about 2 hours of a day trip there but was zero for 4. Marrones and Tony's Lunch don't open until around 8:30PM (what kind of a place called Tony's Lunch does not open until 8:30 PM??), an old bar called Hibernian Tavern looked like it was closed tight (is it still in business) and I could find hide nor hair of Texas Lunch.
Similar in Old Forge: I was there on a Saturday at lunch time and only about 1/3 of the "cuts" places were open.
Anyway, if you guys decide to do this again, please let me (us all?) know, I'd love to be a part of it, and as I've said before, The Ooh Ooh Bird is on my Must-Do list.
Finally, someone asked about Old Forge Pizza. I first became aware of it a few years ago via Lew Bryson's Beer Blog (one of my favorite blogs) wherein he and his pals take a day trip to NEPA. About 1/2 way down there is a description of Old Forge Pizza. Sounds like they had a good time:
Hey Ken, you are quite correct regarding the operating hours of a lot of these places. Pretty sketchy at best. I can tell you that Tony's does in fact open at 8:30 PM or thereabouts and stays open till sometimes 2:30 AM or later, but nothing is set in stone. They used to be completely closed on Mondays, but I don't know anymore, that was years ago. The Hibernian House is also known as Wayne's, Joe Wayne proprietor. He kinda opens and closes when he feels like it, but forget about going in there in the daytime, for sure. Your best bet would probably be Thursday, Friday or Saturday nights, but not too late. If it's a slow night, he's likely to just put everyone out and close the shop. I can tell you without any fear of contradiction that there is no restaurant in Girardville called Texas Lunch. Maybe you're thinking of a different town. I never heard of anything like that in the area at all.
Waynes is cool. Strong Irish theme, he has pennants of all the counties in Ireland hung around the place. Old time wooden bar. Has a jail cell door in there from his great-grandfather's cell before he was executed back in the 1800's after the civil war. Look up Jack Kehoe, sort of a labor leader of the era when the mines were booming and the companies were screwing the miners blue. That's the short story, there's way more to it.
Here is the URL of a vid that features Joe in the environs of his gin mill if you'd care to look. He's in this twice, the first appearance at 1:40. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRoVTu2izx0
post edited by HPlatz - 2009/06/28 22:31:16