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History of Freeland, Pa.
19th-century restaurants and cafes

I hope to add some information here about restaurants and cafes in the late 19th century here when I have it. Meanwhile, just a few observations. Many of the restaurants seem to have served alcoholic drinks.  One ad offers free lunches to go with the drinks. Thus many restaurants seem to have been a combination of restaurant and saloon, whereas many saloons weren't necessarily also restaurants. Another thing I've noticed is the popularity of oysters, which is interesting for several reasons, but to me most of all because Freeland is not a seaside resort and oysters don't stay fresh for very long.

Note that addresses in these 19th-century Freeland directories are in an older numbering scheme and don't match today's addresses. In the old scheme, looking at Centre Street as an example, numbers began at the corner of Front and Centre Streets and went up as you went north, and went up again as you went south, so if an address was 24 Centre St., it would say N or S Centre to indicate whether it was 24 Centre St. above Front St. or 24 Centre St. below it. Ditto east and west of Centre Street. The 1912 Sanborn map shows both the old and the new numbering,  giving an approximate idea of when the transition from one scheme to another took place.

De Pierro Brothers' Restaurant De Pierro Brothers' Restaurant At left is a photo showing one of the locations of the De Pierro Brothers' Restaurant, run by Salvatore and Rocco F. De Pierro. I am guessing that this might be the restaurant they had at 56 S. Ridge Street as listed in the 1886-1888 city directory. By 1895 they are listed at another location, the corner of Front and Centre Streets, shown at right. In that photo the restaurant is next to a building called Freeland Hall, which has Joseph Neuberger's store on its first floor, space for meetings upstairs, and I'm not sure yet what else. Both photos came from John Zubach.



Adam Sachs' Restaurant At left is Adam Sachs' Restaurant. He is shown standing on the porch, holding a small child. From the 1882-1884 city directory up through that of 1900-1901, this restaurant/saloon is listed at 5 Front Street, which is just a few buildings east of Centre Street, a prime location. I have no directories after that until 1921-1922, so I don't know when the restaurant/saloon went out of business. Likewise, I have not seen any directories earlier than that of 1882-1884, so I don't know when the business was started. The photo was provided by Fred Sachs.








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