Breezy Heights Tavern and Restaurant
Griffiths of CJS Sales;
VP of Sales for The
Broaster Company; Alice, Rick, and Dominic Esposto of Breezy
Heights; and Lynn Griffiths of CJS Sales.
The Broaster Company, a leading manufacturer and supplier of foodservice equipment, fresh and frozen foods, and branded food programs, presented Breezy Heights Tavern & Restaurant in Avella, PA, with its Golden Chicken Award in a ceremony held at the restaurant. The Golden Chicken award is presented by The Broaster Company to a select number of foodservice operators across the country that have shown exemplary merchandising skills in the promotion and sale of Genuine Broaster Chicken®, the company’s signature product.
Breezy Heights, located at 714 Washington Pike in Avella, is owned by Dominic and Alice Esposto, who purchased the business in 1954. At that time, the tavern had been in operation since 1927 and the only food item sold was a hot ham and relish sandwich. In 1959, the Esposto’s decided to expand and remodel the bar area, and then in the following year, purchased their first Broaster® pressure fryer – a huge, 2-well, propane heated model which they finally replaced in 1998, after cooking thousands of their “1/2-chicken-in-a-basket” and “10 wings” specials, which they originally sold for a mere dollar per order! The Esposto’s contacted Chuck and Lynn Griffiths of CJS Sales in New Castle, PA, the authorized Broaster distributor for western Pennsylvania and the surrounding Tri-State area, for assistance in purchasing the latest of their two
Broaster Company manufactured pressure fryers.
Today, in addition to the restaurant’s extremely popular Genuine Broaster Chicken®, sold both in baskets and by the piece, Breezy Heights also offers a wide variety of other entrees including Top Sirloin and New York Strip steaks, Shrimp Scampi, Jumbo Butterflied Shrimp, Orange Roughy, Bar-B-Qued Ribs, Veal Marsala, Chicken and Beef Fajitas, and Chicken & Ribs, Steak & Ribs, and Surf & Turf combinations.
While the restaurant has offered a full menu since 1993, it still sells an average of 600 pounds of chicken per week! According to son Rick Esposto, Breezy Height’s manager and co-owner, the fast paced lifestyle of families and married working-couples has allowed Breezy Heights to prosper, as dining out has become a necessity instead of a special occasion. Rick adds, “Our one-of-a-kind Broaster Chicken®, large flavorful portions, full menu, prompt service, and great prices, all in a home-style atmosphere, will hopefully be leaving customers completely satisfied for years to come.”
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