Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Brides and Families As Far As the Eye Can See . . .

It was our pleasure to host our bi-annual bridal open house at our Grand Hall at the Priory recently.  Twice a year we invite our booked bridal couples to our Grand Hall to taste our chefs Pete Phillipy and Mike Henney's various offerings, and to explore different linens and decorative themes.  We also invite some of our favorite service providers, such as Entertainment Unlimited and our own Priory Fine Pastries, to meet our clients.  It's a lot of fun and it's a great chance for me to meet and catch up with all of our brides and grooms and their families and friends.  Fourth from the top is our Priory Fine Pastries team led by our Assistant Store Manager Tiana Anderson.  

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Old Pittsburgh

Here's a couple of interesting shots of Pittsburgh from (a) around the turn of the (20th) century, and (b) in the 1930s.  The one shot is of downtown Pittsburgh from Mt. Washington, a much different view today.  The second shot is from our neighborhood, Deutschtown, looking west.  The church with the onion dome (characteristic of Bavarian churches -- our onion domes were removed not long after this shot was taken) in the background is our St. Mary's -- now our Grand Hall at the Priory.  The place from where the shot is taken is now buried by a highway, Interstate 279.

U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band Coming This Thursday, June 5

We are honored to host the United States Air Force Heritage of America Brass Quintet on Thursday, June 5, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at our Grand Hall. Please join us for a night of music from these gifted Airman-musicians. Click here to learn more about each of these extremely talented men.

Admission is FREE. Donations will be accepted to support The Veterans' Education Project and the SFC Raymond Richard Buchan Memorial Scholarship Award throughout the evening. Click here for more info.

Technical Sergeant Mark Nixon

Technical Sergeant Jonathan J. Rattay
Senior Airman Daniel Omer
French Horn
Staff Sergeant Michael Mannella
Airman 1st Class Colby Fahrenbacher

Staff Sergeant Michael Henrie

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Recap: Leo Moran and Anto Thistlewaite in Concert

We were honored to have hosted a special concert by Leo Moran and Anthony ("Anto") Thistlewaite, former members of the famed Irish bands the Saw Doctors (Leo and Anto) and Waterboys (Anto).  They played a fabulous show, and we were delighted to have them.  Also, more than giving a fabulous performance of song and storytelling, they were incredibly gracious with their time after the show.  They are true pros and true gentlemen, and I look forward to hosting them again here in Pittsburgh.

For a link to Leo & Anto's website, click here.

For an interesting interview with Leo, click here.

For a Saw Doctors performance featuring Leo, click here.

For a performance of the Waterboy's hit "The Whole of the Moon," click here.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Burgh Bits and Bites Tours Comes to Deutschtown

Burgh Bits and Bites Tours is a neat concept dreamed up by Pittsburgher Sylvia McCoy.  Sylvia's been running these culinary walking tours in the Strip District and Bloomfield for years, and now has brought her tour to our bit of the North Side, Deutschtown.   The tour stops in a variety of destinations, including our own Priory Hotel (for hot pretzels) and Priory Fine Pastries (for some sweet treats).  The Deutschtown tour, as with BB & B's other jaunts, includes a tour guide who offers a plethora of obscure and not-so-obscure facts about the neighborhood (for Deutschtown, for instance, our guide discussed the founding of Avery College nearby, the first institution of higher education for African Americans in the City of Pittsburgh).
Pictured in our hotel courtyard are the attendees of the inaugural tour, which include Sylvia (second from the left) and, fifth from the left, our tourguide, Richard Domencic, who also happened to be my 11th grade Social Studies teacher (the year:  1980-81).

For an article from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette regarding Sylvia's tours, click here. 

For a Living Pittsburgh interview with Sylvia, click here.  

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Wilmer S. Lapp Keystone Award

I was honored to win the statewide Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association Wilmer S. Lapp Keystone Award for service to the hospitality industry.  It's very humbling to be recognized by my peers for my efforts over the years to create a strong and healthy hospitality industry in Western Pennsylvania and across the Commonwealth.  I'm grateful for the recognition.

Pictured below are me, my wife Suzanne, my father Ed, and Rick Sell, Chairman of the Board of the Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Even Philly Agrees . . .

Here's a reprint of a Chicago Tribune article about Pittsburgh's many charms -- "Beautiful Pittsburgh Has Plenty to Brag About . . . But Doesn't Feel the Need."  It's a nice summary of the many things to do and see here in the Steel City.

Read the article, by Josh Noel, here.