My, how quickly seven years can go… It seems like just yesterday when Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar was opening its doors at 7025 Allentown Blvd. in Harrisburg. Since then, the local sports bar chain has evolved into a drinking and dining empire, notching 10 Central PA locations in and around Harrisburg, York, Mechanicsburg, Camp Hill, Hanover, Hummelstown, Shippensburg and Lancaster (opening soon). Additionally, don’t be surprised if you encounter the hometown brand as you travel to other parts of the country; Arooga’s will soon have a substantial footprint throughout New England thanks to a 15-unit franchising deal with Mohegan Sun (the first location in Uncasville, CT, opened earlier this year) as well as further expansion into Queens and on Long Island in New York; throughout New Jersey; in Chicago, IL; and in Phoenix, AZ.
This weekend marks Arooga’s 7th anniversary, and let’s just say that president and co-founder Gary Huether Jr. has quite the party planned. All weekend long. The action is going down at that original location on Allentown Blvd. – Arooga’s 22 to the sports bar’s faithful – with a smorgasbord of food and drink specials, competitions and live entertainment on the menu.
We’ll start with one of Arooga’s benchmark offerings: wings. From 11 a.m. on Friday til 9 p.m. on Sunday, get your fill of 59¢ wings. If you’re really hungry (and a tad bit competitive), you can get more than your fill of wings by participating in the wing eating contest at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday for a chance to win $250 cash (first place), a $50 gift card (second place) or a $25 gift card (third place).
Other notable events are a $500 cornhole tournament on Friday night (sign-ups start at 7 p.m.; tournament at 8 p.m.); a beerfest on Saturday at 12-2 p.m. featuring free beer samples; an eight-DJ battle on Saturday from 1-9 p.m.; and $6 pitchers all weekend long (Miller Lite on Friday and Bud Light on Saturday and Sunday).
Check out the full schedule of events and specials below and make sure you stop on out to have fun, eat some wings, drink some beers, win some cash. Or, at the very least, give the Arooga’s team a celebratory high-five.