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History of Drafts Bar & Grill

Circa the late 1980’s the original building was operated as a Storefront just outside of the Hideout.
Not long after, Murray Finley operated a pizza counter out of the building called Grandpop’s which was in place for many years in the 1990’s. In 2001 Roy and Debbie Owen purchased the property and building which came along with the business and soon after took over the business. The business was renamed “Amore”. During their tenure of ownership business was very strong and they expanded the building, adding a 5,000 square foot addition to it, which included the enlargement of the bar and dining area and room for entertainment.

In 2005 the business and property was sold again and the new owner, Enzio (Crescenzo Esposito), who had it for two years, kept the same name and continued operating the restaurant. In 2008 the business was sold to Lee Glassman of the Hideout, changes were made and the business was renamed Backdraft Sports Bar & Grill. Lee removed the old home next door and created an outdoor deck and bar on top of the foundation for more space and outdoor dining. Lee operated the business for 10 years.

In Summer of 2018 Jerry Beskovoyne, Jr. by convincing of his Dad and brother in law, made an offer to purchase the land and business to continue the existence of Backdraft. Jerry brought on Michelle Miller, an experienced bar manager and cook (as well as future family member) on as an operating partner and kept the already in place James Musumeci, Jr. as the General Manager. During the short tenure of operation many changes were made and updates underway when sadly the building was lost in a catastrophic fire on June 13th, 2019. The decision was made by the family with input from James the General Manager, our newly hired consultant Greg Pollock and the feel from the community to put the business back in place and rebuild. The name was changed to Drafts Bar & Grill and as of the writing of this storyline the business is under construction and is slated to open in early Summer, 2020. The family is excited to bring back the business and hopeful all can enjoy what it will have to offer as an entertainment plaza to the 590 side of Lake Wallenpaupack.

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