Locals share old-time area favorites
Story’s Confectionery, circa 1950.
-ROBINSON TOWNSHIP HISTORICAL SOCIETY-
By Janet Gonter
For years, we’ve been asking long-term and former residents of Robinson Township to tell us about places that used to be favorites.
Here are some of their thoughts:
Markets – Wallets’ Market on Forest Grove Road sold Mancini’s Bread and chipped ham, along with many other necessities. Bob’s Market in Moon Run was noted for its smoked sausage. It was a “complete market,” selling everything from produce to canned goods to toys.
Diners, Bars and Delis – Guzzo’s Deli, located in the old Bargain Barn (now the site of the BP) sold the “best hoagies in town.” Del-Kid on Route 60 was famous for its 6-egg omelets and huge, affordable breakfasts. The Jolly Clown on Route 60 served exceptional onion rings. Butya’s Tavern, near Del-Kid, was best known for its fish sandwiches. The Brothers Grimm on Old Beaver Grade Road featured bands, dancing, and “bar food.”
Restaurants – The Red Bull Inn on Campbell’s Run Road offered good food in a comfortable English pub atmosphere. Their motto was “For Good Cheer and a Hearty Meal.” Sgro’s, also on Campbell’s Run, was an elegant dining experience, best known for their Oysters Rockefeller and fabulous dessert cart.
Johnny Lounders, located on Route 60 where McDonald’s is now, offered fine dining in an upscale setting.
Candy Stores – Kinks’ located where Trohaugh’s Law Office is today, Wertz’s near the end of Silver Lane, Story’s Confectionery in Groveton, McGuire’s Service Station on Silver Lane, and Gregory’s Store in Moon Run all sold a large selection of penny candy, and were often swarming with kids. (Local dentists must have flourished!)
Miscellaneous Favorites – The Schorr Farm on Beacon Road provided an abundance of fresh produce and delivered fresh eggs every week. Kossler’s Pharmacy had a popular soda fountain where you could order five-cent phosphates and other soft drinks. Karns Bakery, just up the road, was unsurpassed for breads, cakes, cookies, and candy—all meticulously hand-made. The Greater Pittsburgh Roller Rink, which is now The Bronze Hood, was so popular that they even provided a bus to bring kids from neighboring communities. For decades, the Twin Hi-Way Drive-In on Route 60 was the most popular hangout for local teens. An old movie screen still stands.
Sadly, all of these places are long gone now, but definitely not the memories they created.