Diners can help good causes every Sunday
"We cannot expect our community to support us if we are not willing to support our community," is one of John Flannery's mottos.
And John Allison Public House, owned by Flannery and his wife, Ame, lives up to that motto.
Since the restaurant opened in Greencastle eight years ago, local individuals and organizations have benefited from Sunday sales to the tune of over $100,000.
Every Sunday, 15 percent of all sales go to a specific cause, from sports teams to families facing a serious illness and from arts groups to animal organizations.
Flannery encourages the beneficiary to set up an information table so patrons can learn more about them and what they need. Some add other activities, such as silent auctions on their special Sunday.
Beginning this Thursday, June 7, a weekly ad in the Echo Pilot will indicate who will benefit on Sunday.
"Help me help you," said Flannery and anyone interested in a Sunday can give him a call.
In addition to the Sunday benefits, John Allison Public House also hosts the annual Pub Run (5K, 10K and kids run) for the Greencastle Flyers running group the morning before Greencastle's Craft Beer and Wine Festival.
Another of Flannery's mottos is if he is going to have a business, it should have his name on it.
That started with 12 1/2 years at Flannery's on the Square in Mercersburg, which recently was sold to Mark and Heidi Stoner.
In Mercersburg, the Flannerys also renovated and expanded a historic log building on the Square that had been damaged by fire. They still own the building, which also is home to their consignment shop, The Dressing Room.
John Allison Public House opened at 104 E. Baltimore St., Greencastle, in 2010. It, too, carries the owners' names — his name, John, and Ame's first name is really Allison. The name also is a nod to the historic John Allison, founder of Greencastle. When the lease was up in 2015, there was an opportunity to move to the current location at 155 S. Antrim Way, formerly Casey's.
The Flannerys purchased and gutted the building, reopening as a restaurant, tavern and lounge.
"We've done really well here," John Flannery said, adding there is always something to be done and "You have to have passion and desire, work hard and really, really believe."
The hard work extends to regularly spending hours outside smoking briskets, pork, ribs or chicken.
"I love everything on the menu," he said, but when asked for a favorite immediately replied, "the crab pretzel."
Sunnyway bakes the soft pretzels just for John Allison Public House "and we have the best recipe for crab dip with cheese. I love it ... it's our signature dish."
For more information, call 717-643-0218 or visit johnallisonpublichouse.com.