- December 26, 2017
Whitpain Tavern is a place where friendly staff, great food & brews and talented musicians collide. Who knew “cabin fever” could be so good?
Whats unique about Whitpain Tavern? There’s always something exciting happening. “No matter what day of the week it is, there is always something fun going on here,” says GM Alex Woodland. Alex’s husband, Pat Tronoski, has owned the Montgomery County tavern since 2000.But, the building situated on Dekalb Pike in Whitpain has been around for almost 100 years. With an interior that looks like a cabin you’d find in the Pocono Mountains, complete with log-lined walls and exposed beams running across the ceiling, this neighborhood haunt is a welcoming spot for families, sports fans and music lovers alike. It’s where locals escape when they want to experience “cabin fever,” tavern style.
Heady Times (HT): Do you really offer something exciting for your customers every night of the week?!
Alex Woodland (AW): Yes! It’s important to us that our customers are entertained. Monday nights are obviously big football nights, so we offer happy hour specials during the games. Every Tuesday night, we have a Tarot card reader come in to read peoples fortunes. Wednesday nights are dedicated to a trivia challenge and Name That Tune, hosted by DJ Dave Boice, while Thursdays are open mic nights run by Matt Perkins of the Sofa Kings. On the weekends, local bands play and sometimes we have comedy shows. Throughout the week, we throw in different food and drink specials. We are also hosting a murder mystery party in January. It’s a Mafia theme and guests are going to dress up, so that should be a lot of fun. Like I said, there is always something going on.
HT: Wow, that’s some lineup! So, what makes this a family-friendly place?
AW: There’s a bunch of things. We have an extensive menu that covers all the bases, so there is something for all ages. And we’ve made a game out of the huge gumball machine in the corner. If you get a green gumball, you win a free T-shirt. However, sometimes it seems that more adults than kids try to win. And we recently hosted a brunch with Santa that included a hot buffet, with a carving station, and made-to-order omelets. It was a big hit with the kids.
I would say by 10 PM the crowd shifts and the bar crowd shuffles in. Our kitchen is open until 2 AM, which makes guests very happy because they don’t have to stop at WAWA on the way home! People are obsessed with our pizza… and I have to say, it is amazing.
HT: Yum! What else on the menu sells well?
AW: Everything is made from scratch, so it’s all really good. We are known for our specialty sandwiches, pizza, burgers and wings, but we also offer everything from seafood to filet. On Tuesdays, hamburgers are $2.00 off. An entire page of the menu is dedicated to our extensive variety of burgers and you can even build your own! We recently added seven kinds of sliders to the menu and they’ve become very popular too.
HT: Let’s talk about beer. Tell us about your lineup.
AW: We offer 24 draughts and about 50 bottles options. We carry a good mix of domestics, imports and crafts. People love IPAs – Lagunitas is one of our best sellers, but we also do really well with Blue Moon. We always have it on tap, whether it be Belgian White or one of their seasonals.
HT: Do you host any private parties or events?
AW: We do. Our enclosed deck/porch, which can be completely open in nice weather, is the perfect spot to hold an event. From baby showers and reunions to rehearsal dinners and holiday parties, I would say we host a party every week. It works out well because the guests have their own space, so it doesn’t disrupt the bar area or our diners.
HT: What do you think gets people to come to Whitpain Tavern and what keeps them coming back?
AW: I think word of mouth and social media get them in the door. We post regularly on Facebook and Instagram, mostly about our food and drink specials, upcoming events and entertainment. I would say what keeps people coming back is the comfortable, friendly and fun atmosphere we provide. Our staff goes out of their way to make people feel welcome and happy. And Pat is a very hands-on owner, who is extremely passionate about the business. We both are… it’s our baby. He is here every single day and he literally checks on each and every table. He wants to make sure customers are having the best experience. We call him the hostess with the mostess.
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