Two new dining options in Brownsville

Diners rave about the spaghetti bread bowl on the menu at Pepper Ronnie’s

Diners rave about the spaghetti bread bowl on the menu at Pepper Ronnie’s

Passing through Brownsville? Check out two new and family owned restaurants you, friends, and the entire family should stop in and try out: Pepper-Ronnie’s & The Food Bar Restaurant.

Pepper Ronnie’s is a small and cozy restaurant with an at-home atmosphere. The dining area is designed and laid out similar to a living room with the feel of a diner, where family and friends can gather together around the table and have a conversation and great food while feeling at home.

The menu has a variety of selections from subs and burgers, to basket meals and pasta – which includes a bread bowl – and a selection of salads for a healthy alternative. Pepper-Ronnie’s also serves up BLTs and a variety of appetizers. Their specials include the Italian Steak sandwich, the HashBrowns-Ville Sub, and their signature Pepper-Ronnie Pie, a 7″-4 cut pizza with the Eva’s Choice, pizza sauce and two layers of pepperoni and cheese on a home style pizza crust.

“I wanted a place where people could just sit down and have fun,” said Ronnie Shumar, owner of Pepper-Ronnie’s. “I came up with the whole idea and figured everything out with my daughter. She designed and organized the menu, while my son manages [the restaurant]. I looked around at area restaurants to see what everyone has and went from there. [We’re] a sit down place for lunch and early dinner… just sit and relax, have a conversation and enjoy some good food.”

Pepper Ronnie’s also offers take-out as well.

Corinne Walker, a waitress for Pepper-Ronnie’s said, “Everyone gets along and we’re dedicated to customer satisfaction.”

Pepper-Ronnie’s has had wonderful feedback from customers on Facebook:

“Excellent food, fast service!!! The Hash-Brownsville steak sub was amazing!” said customer Kim Weaver.

“First time we stopped by here and service was fast and an excellent waitress, Julia, waited on us. Place was nice and clean and a friendly place to eat. We will visit again!” said customer Gaylord Fleming.

A mouthwatering turkey club is just one of the delicious choices on The Food Bar’s menu

A mouthwatering turkey club is just one of the delicious choices on The Food Bar’s menu

For several years, an area couple talked about opening a restaurant. That dream came true in Brownsville with the opening of The Food Bar Restaurant. With family ties in Brownsville, choosing a location in the borough made sense for Melissa and Richard Davis of nearby Deemston Borough, who have been diligently working since mid-July on their 3,200-square-foot space, The Food Bar Restaurant, offering breakfast, lunch and an all-day desert & candy bar.

Upon entering the establishment, the Food Bar opens into a spacious dining area with walls the color of a smooth burgundy wine. It’s a modern café with a touch of Renaissance flavor, a place ideal for gathering with friends or family or to just stop in and have a quick lunch. The menu selection offers a variety of choices from breakfast dishes – served all day on Sunday – to sandwiches and toasted subs, and offers a selection of salads, soups, pizza, the Chef’s Choice Dinner, and an array of appetizers.

“You can get food anywhere around here, but for a great home-cooked meal, The Food Bar is the place to go,” said Melissa Davis, co-owner.

The menu features a selection of several mouth-watering deserts to choose from: Peanut Butter Cheese Cake, Slice of Pumpkin Roll, Chips Ahoy Iced Brownie, Triple Chocolate, and Maple Cake w/ Brown Sugar Icing, just to name a few.

“Many people come here for the deserts,” said Melissa Davis.

“We needed a change in our life. This opportunity came along and we took it,” said Richard Davis. “We want to offer a menu that’s affordable [with] sufficient portions, and we want to bring a new, fresh concept to Brownsville.”

Customer satisfaction has been very high at Melissa and Richard Davis’s restaurant. Here are some reviews via Facebook:

“My first experience this afternoon was very nice. Pleasant environment, great service, and the food was wonderful. I brought my burger home to eat and enjoyed every single bite,” said customer Evette Walker.

“Food is Delicious! It’s hot and they give you decent size portions. It’s very reasonable! I highly recommend it. Brownsville needs more great places like this!” said customer Andrea Guman

“The food was delicious, staff was very courteous and friendly! Good variety of food to choose from, will definitely be recommending this to friends & family!” said customer Lisa Pavtis.

Pepper-Ronnie’s is located at 634 National Pike E, Brownsville. FMI and to view menu options, visit or call 724-785-7200.

Visit Pepper-Ronnie’s Facebook page to view news, specials, and leave a comment or review.

The Food Bar Restaurant is located at 210 2nd Street in Brownsville. FMI visit or call 724-785-4115.

Visit The Food Bar’s Facebook page for daily specials, or to leave a review or comment.
Story by Aaron Dalzell for Pennsylvania Bridges