More Pappy’s Pizza memories

We had talked in this post almost 2 years ago about Pappy’s Pizza.

More recently, I received an Ask Joan question from Maria Weigel, who wrote, “Does anyone remember a restaurant called Pappy’s pizza? I think there was one in Leaders Heights. I was wondering if there were other locations in York? We had our birthday parties there when we were kids in late 1970s. They had a player piano & it was a great family restaurant.”

In addition to that earlier post, I have some other Pappy’s memories to share today for Maria and others. Dig in!

Ben Lightner writes, “This is so funny. I remember Pappy’s. When I was little we lived on Fair Acres Drive in Leaders Heights. We used to eat there all the time. I liked it so much I called my grandfather Pappy. And yes, That location did become Mr. Bill’s.”

And Sandy Lightner said, “I too remember Pappy’s and ate at Mr. Bill’s often. Such a shame that now the building has been torn down.”

J. Schell noted, “Who could forget Pappy’s? What I remember is the player piano that they had.”

And Scott C. offered more details, including: “Pappy’s became Mr. Bill’s Quarterdeck in the early 1980s. It was sold in 1999 and became Duets Chop House & Speakeasy. It became Leader Heights Diner in 2004.”

I heard from two regular commenters with the same name, as well! Melanie W. also said, “We used to eat there after church on Sundays. I loved to go there and I also remember the player piano. What great memories.”

And Melanie P. writes, “I wish I had some memories of this place, it sounds fab! But alas, we never stopped in on any of our many trips up to visit the grandparents. The prices listed are killing me! Oh, and I’d love to try pizza #22: ‘The Woiks (Your heart’s desire–the kitchen sink!)’ ROFL!” (Make sure you check out the larger versions of the menu here!)

Pete Brady added an extra location. He writes, “Pappy’s Pizza also had a place in East York, it was located right next door to the old Rollerway – where Wendy’s is now. I am pretty sure it was open before the one in Leaders Heights. It became an Arby’s for a short time before becoming a Wendy’s.”

Doug Markle commented, “Yes I too remember Pappy’s Pizza. We moved to that area in 1975 and Pappy’s was a new place then and new favorite! I still have that same menu somewhere! Also remember that piano and looking through that big window @ the people making pizzas.”

Finally, Denise Holtzapple noted, “If you are looking to hear a nice story about Pappy’s, we have friends who met while working at Pappy’s as teenagers, dated, married and recently took their teenage children to the only remaining Pappy’s so they could show them ‘where it all began!'” That IS an awesome story, Denise, thanks for sharing!

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6 Responses to More Pappy’s Pizza memories

  1. Melanie Rodgers says:

    I worked at Pappy’s while I was in at school at the York Academy of Arts… probably 1975 or so. It was a really different thing for York, and I’ve always thought it was the precursor to TGI Fridays, or that sort of thing. I had worked at other food places… Gino’s Springwood Rd… twice… and the Tremont Restaurant down by Penn Park… (ask me about those places!) and Pappy’s food quality was above average in terms of preparation. Their meatball sandwich was killer. They had good steaks too. Too bad their management wasn’t as good. Lots of things went on there after hours. They ran a very loose ship. Oh, heck, maybe that’s why they hired me! ; )

  2. Chris Hiester says:

    Great article. Lost of memories. There was a Pappy’s Pizza in the Nichols Shopping Center, in Muhlenberg Township, in Reading, PA. It was about 4 blocks from my home and I went there on many occasions. What I remember most is the pepperoni-mushroom pizza and the steak sandwiches, which were actually a piece of steak on a garlic roll. Awesome. I had no idea there were Pappy’s locations in York, too.

  3. Slick says:

    I had a very foggy memory of playing an Asteroids arcade in a Pappy’s Pizza in Lancaster near Park City, either where the Fulton Bank is/was off of Manheim Pike in the driveway there, or on the opposite side of the street. Woulda been around ’81-82. But I’d lost the details about the kid-friendly atmosphere, foam hats, player piano, the arcade game tables (known as “cocktail tables” in the arcade industry), and the window where you could see pizza being made. This blog all but restored those memories. I could be wrong on the location though, I had family in York. I’ll have to pilgrimage out to Johnstown some day, who’d think there’d still be one alive preserving the 70’s today…

  4. Cain says:

    There use to be a pappys Dover, Delaware a long time ago.

  5. Ann Izzo says:

    I live in Glen Burnie, Maryland and I remember going to Pappy’s up until my mid teens. I even had a birthday party there one year. I wish there were still some around. I am a mother of three and I wish I could have taken my kids there instead of Chuck E. Cheese.

  6. Cesca says:

    What memories! I went to the one in Seaford, Delaware. I remember the player piano so well; it fascinated me as a little girl, and I still have the hat! My parents have kept it all these years. My dad was stationed at Fort Rucker, Alabama, and my grandmother would always mail me children’s games and things from Pappy’s. Whenever we visited my cousins and grandparents in Delaware, we went to Pappy’s. I loved finding this post. :)

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