Hanoverville Roadhouse Bethlehem, PA 610-837-1122
Hanoverville Roadhouse Bethlehem, PA                    610-837-1122

History

 

 

 

 

Built in 1825 as a stagecoach stop it went through many changes. It was a post office, a general store, an inn, a brothel, and a biker bar. Hanoverville Roadhouse has found the perfect equation for casual grace in the last few decades. The bar and grill have plenty of country charm with the dining rooms broken up into small nooks divided by stained glass dividers and repurposed farmhouse doors.

 

 

Scattered through out the main dinning room we feature prints of historic Bethlehem by the local renowned artist, Fred Bees.


Adorning the hallway walls by the restrooms there the original architectural renderings of the BOYD Theater and what the Musikfest Association was planning to do with the property in a bid to buy it in 1989.

 

In the lounge there is a glass case with an original 35mm film reel of Poltergeist on display along with memorabilia from the Boyd Theater, Nile Theater, and Hess's.

 

The main structure of the Road House was built around 1825. It was a typical old colonial-style farmhouse. The soft rolling hills, fertile soil, and fifty inches of annual rainfall made this area perfect for farming corn, potatoes, wheat, and other crops. In 1837 the building was converted to a hotel, general store and post office, with a stagecoach stop at the northeast corner. The place remained the same through the Civil War and into the turn of the century. Even though the business changed hands, the bar always remained open. By the 1930′s, the Roadhouse was used as a restaurant, bar, and hunting lodge. Ring-necked pheasants were plentiful in this area.
Through the 1940′s and 50′s, the Road House gained notoriety as a family dining establishment. Sunday dinners became a local institution.
During the 1960′s and 1970′s the first floor walls were removed to form one large room. A stage was built along with two bars. Rock and roll became the order of the day. Canned Heat of Woodstock fame performed a few times, but the biggest night belonged to Tiny Tim. So many tickets were sold that the floors had to be reinforced. It was also during this time that female mud wrestling made its debut.

 

In 2020 we were hit with a devistating blow. The worldwide pandemic. We were forced to close our doors on March 17th of that year. We were told it would be 14 days. But, it ended up being months. During this time the Roadhouse under went extensive renovations and repairs and reopend with a fresh updated look in Summer 2020. Please visit our gallery for updated photos. 

 

We would like to thank everyone for their support through this nightmare of a year. It is great to see your friendly faces again.

 

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610-837-1122

 5001 Hanoverville Rd

Bethlehem, PA 18017

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