New to New Cumberland is Fratelli’s Towne Tavern, located at 209 Third Street in a space formerly home to Carnahan’s. Fratelli’s opened its doors last Tuesday, says co-owner Ray LaBarck, who opened the Italian-leaning restaurant and bar with his brother, Anthony LaBarck. Ray will oversee the front of house, while Anthony – with some help here and there from the brothers’ mother – will run the kitchen.
The LaBarck brothers moved to the area from their home in north Jersey to establish Fratelli’s, and in doing so have brought some flavors and traditions from the NYC outlier to Central PA. According to Ray, two specialties in particular are “Sunday gravy” (ziti, meatballs, sausage, homemade sauce and a scoop of ricotta cheese, all served with fresh bread and salad) and “Italian hot dogs” (two hot dogs – or sausage – deep fried and topped with onions, peppers and potatoes). Ray takes pride in the fact that all of the food on the menu is housemade and never frozen, describing Fratelli’s menu as “nothing too fancy – just good, hometown Italian food.”
In addition to its rustic Italian offerings – which range from the usual suspects like fried calamari and fresh mozzarella (or, as Ray pronounces it, “mootzarella”) to calzones and pizza – the Fratelli’s menu features American fare like steaks, burgers and wings. The latter menu items will pair well with the restaurant’s other personality, something akin to a sports bar atmosphere with 16 TVs, high top tables and beer pitcher specials (Yuengling Lager pitchers are $6 daily).
For now, Fratelli’s opens at 3 p.m. on weekdays and at 12 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday to accommodate the weekend football crowds. NFL fans, take note – Fratelli’s offers the NFL Sunday Ticket. Happy hour runs from 5-7 p.m. on weekdays and 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, with specials including $1.50 Miller Lites and select $2.50 aluminum cans.
And if you’re looking for a private spot to host a holiday gathering or office party this winter, Fratelli’s also contains an upstairs banquet room which can accommodate 40-50 people.
The phone number is (717) 774-4781.