The Old Bank Deli and Coffee Shoppe: A Family Endeavor to Preserve Local History
EAST BRADY, Pa. (EYT) – While many restaurants are undergoing big efforts to modernize, The Old Bank Deli and Coffee Shop in East Brady is sticking to its roots and trying to preserve the history of the town.
(Pictured above: sisters Melissa Moore and Raquel Hornberger, owners of The Old Bank Deli and Coffee Shoppe.)
The idea to convert the old Farmers National Bank building in East Brady into a deli and coffee shop originated in 2012 under different owners. In 2017, sisters Raquel Hornberger and Melissa Moore purchased the business from the original owners. Since then, their efforts have been focused on preserving local history through the repurposed business.
The sisters aren’t just using the historic building to preserve the history of East Brady – they are also collecting the history of the region through pictures.
“We like to carry a lot of history. People bring us pictures – some are pictures of the flood and the ice jam and just older pictures of the buildings here in town,” Hornberger told exploreClarion.com.
“It used to be Farmers National Bank, (and) I guess there were a couple of banks in here.”
The old bank gets former bank employees, executives, and patrons who come in to talk about their experience with the bank to the owners, according to the owners.
“A lot of (customers) did their banking here when it was Farmers National, so when they come in, they see how different it is, and we hear a lot of stories,” explained Moore.
The owners said that the idea to buy the restaurant has been a family endeavor from the very start. Owning a restaurant had been a dream of their late father’s.
“Dad was a cook in the Army, and his dream was always to have a small restaurant or something, and he never got to do that, so we (are) kind of doing it for him,” said Moore.
“We brought him on our journey with us,” Hornberger added.
“We actually did it for two years by ourselves with a little bit of help from our mom and our kids.”
Since then, however, running the restaurant has involved the help of both of their daughters and their mother.
“Mom comes over and helps out Saturdays, Saturday evenings. If she stops in to pick something up, she’ll jump in and do dishes,” Hornberger said.
Keeping the restaurant going has also involved the business of townspeople and outsiders alike.
“The townspeople are good to us. We’ve got our regulars (and) we meet a lot of new people,” said Hornberger.
According to the owners, they receive business from travelers walking the trails from North Carolina to New York and from Canada to Washington D.C.
“We have a lot of people off the bike trail – summertime is a very busy time.”
The owners have a book where visitors can sign in with their names and where they live.
“There was a ton of (the bikers) in here, it was great,” Moore said.
The Old Bank Deli and Cafe makes fresh dough pizzas, made to order sandwiches, and fresh doughnuts every day. Customers can also choose from an extensive coffee and deli meat menu.
The deli shop is located at 323 Kellys Way, East Brady, Pa.
Information about their hours and menu can be found on The Old Bank Deli Facebook.
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