It’s been a couple of years since I first posted about Pappy’s Family Pub, and with a few new discoveries since then, I think an update is warranted.
Pappy’s opened in 1976 in what is currently the Wells Fargo Bank on Route 1, directly across from Laurel Shopping Center.
Shortly after the restaurant opened, the Laurel News Leader ran a feature on it, which included a couple of interior photos—including that memorable glass window where you could watch the pizza magic being made.
The full article appears below (click for full size).
Local yearbooks included a few ads and photos, as well:
While these pictures provide a rare and nostalgic interior view of the actual Laurel location, they still don’t completely do justice to the full Pappy’s experience—a sensory overload of delicious pizza aromas and colorful, old-timey fun.
What most people tend to recall at the first mention of Pappy’s are those styrofoam hats—which were worn by staff members and available for kids. After years of searching for one, I’ve finally tracked down a pair of the original hats! One of them will soon be at the Laurel Museum, as part of the ever-expanding Lost & Found Laurel exhibit. Hmm… They’re a bit smaller than I remember.
I’ve also found one I didn’t realize ever existed—a cheaper, flat paper alternative. Apparently, these became the more cost-effective giveaways, while the employees continued to wear the real thing.
And speaking of employees, Francesfoxvintage, a seller on etsy.com, actually has an original Pappy’s waitress uniform for sale—the likes of which probably hasn’t been seen since the 1970s ended. It provides an even better sense of the vivid red and black color palette that permeated Pappy’s.
Pappy’s didn’t only serve pizza, of course; and now we’ve got the hot dog containers to prove it.
A pair of matchbooks from Laurel’s Pappy’s, courtesy of Kevin Leonard:
Last, but not least, the crown jewel of plastic toy rings. Behold!
As convenient as delivery has become with the likes of Domino’s, et al, there will always be something about a genuine old pizza restaurant experience that just can’t be topped. No pun intended.
Richard, This is a great article, keep up the fantastic writing.
I am so happy that you found my Pappy’s uniform dress! I actually found your blog many months ago when I first acquired this dress and was attempting to research it. I really enjoyed browsing your site, and really appreciate your dedication to curating such a lovely local collection of nostalgic items. Thanks so much!
Pappy’s may be gone in Laurel, but it still exists in Johnstown, PA. To my knowledge, it is the only one in the chain that remains open. It’s a shadow of its former glory in terms of appearance….but the pizza is still fantastic.
I bought a sign today thinking it was a Pabst blue ribbon.turns out it’s a pappy pub sign .I wish I could post the pic.
Id be very interested in seeing that sign and maybe buying it!! My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
There is still a pappys family pub in Johnston PA been there since 1974 I think.