The Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage Association Congratulates This Month’s Member of the Month Bob Backer Celebrating 30 Years at Blondie’s! Blondie’s Tavern 11737 Old Route 16 Street Rouzerville, PA 17268 717-762-9030 Franklin County 1983-Present Pictured: Bob Backer and the staff of Blondies in Rouzerville, Pennsylvania. Business History Originally from upstate New York, Robert “Bob” Backer moved to Pennsylvania with his family in 1980 when his job as an engineer for a hydraulic crane company expanded to the area. Sensing the possibility that his job security was at stake due to the turns in the economy, Bob sought out other options, mainly purchasing a restaurant. He had worked as a bartender throughout college and was always intrigued by the industry and the prospects of being his own boss. In February of 1983 Bob found a “fixerupper” in Rouzerville, PA and got to working on repairs. Ten months later Bob and his staff introduced the locals to Blondie’s Tavern. About the Business Bob and his partner Ann are the fifth owners to take residence of the property that dates back to 1933. After Prohibition had been lifted, the original owner served beer as well as gas, bread, milk and other staples to the public. Fifty years later, Bob decided to serve only beer and a limited menu out of the 800 square foot establishment. After a number of renovations and currently boasting a total of 6000 square feet, Blondie’s now features Dagwood’s family dining room, the Tailgate Lounge, a separate area for catering events, and the Rouzer-Dome. The Rouzer-Dome is found on the second floor with a full bar, dining area, interactive group games and a roof that opens to showcase the stars from April until October of every year. Blondie’s features a number of specials and events including “Tunes in the Attic,” “Ride Back From the Wall,” and “The Greater Rouzerville Open,” all of which you can read about on Blondie’s website www.blondies-pa.com or their Facebook page, “Blondie’s Tavern.” Giving Back As a long-time member of the community, Blondie’s has become part of a number of charities and organizations benefiting the area. To name a few, Blondie’s participates in the Knick Knack Pittie Pack Animal Rescue, the Alliance of Bikers Aimed at Education, Fallen Firefighters, the Hospice Dove House, Special Olympics, the Wounded Warrior Project and various bike rides benefiting Spinal Bifida, Breast Cancer Awareness, and Leukemia. Blondie’s was also the co-founder of the Rouzerville Business Association (RBA), a non-profit organization established to renovating and restoring area parks and community grounds. The RBA’s greatest effort to date is the building of the 9-11 Memorial that houses three artifacts from one of America’s most tragic pages in history and honors all those who perished. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Pictured: 1. Blondie’s Tavern in Rouzerville has outside seating, multiple full bars and a dining room. 2. The second floor Rouzer-Dome Bar. 3. The Dagwood’s Family Dining area. 4. The first floor bar in the Tailgate Lounge. 5. Blondie’s, a local favorite! By: Nicole Scott To inquire about membership with the Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage Association, please visit www.pataverns.com or call 1-800-543-7683.
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