Hoss’s remains a mainstay of Loyalsock
Restaurants have come and gone along Loyalsock Township’s busy Golden Strip through the years.
Among the mainstays has been Hoss’s Family Steak & Sea Restaurant, 1954 E. Third St., which opened more than 30 years ago.
“It’s a great location,” longtime general manager Fred Fuess said.
With headquarters in Duncansville, Hoss’s restaurants can be found throughout central Pennsylvania, but the local site is among the busiest, he said
Over the years, Hoss’s has kept true to its mission of introducing a family friendly dining experience.
“We are a family restaurant,” Fuess said. “We aren’t fancy. Kids love it here.”
The menu includes steaks, chicken, seafood, burgers, and the popular soup, salad, and dessert bar.
A kid’s menu offers cheeseburgers, steak tips, hot dogs, chicken tenders and grilled cheese.
Like many businesses, the restaurant faced challenges with COVID-19, including two closings since the onset of the pandemic in March 2020.
“Business is coming back,” Fuess said.
Fuess said he does not have as many employees as in pre-pandemic days, but he has increased staff this year.
“We are hiring,” he said. “You can’t have too many people.”
The staff includes both full-time and part-time employees with the restaurant seating about 325 people.
It includes three banquet rooms.
Hoss’s is popular among organizations, civic groups and other gatherings, many of which take advantage of the restaurant’s special fundraising offerings.
“We’ve been doing that a really long time,” Fuess said.
Fuess, who started working at Hoss’s in 1992, noted the numbers of regular customers who dine at Hoss’s.
Over that time, the restaurant has evolved.
“We’ve really changed a lot,” he said.
There is the door dash service now, which Fuess said “is doing really well.”
Customers can go to an APP on their phones for pickup and delivery of food.
“We are always doing promotions,” Fuess said.
Among the promotions are gift cards.
The purchase of a $50 gift card allows for a $10 voucher in future dining.
Perhaps the biggest challenge, as with many businesses, involves hiring and training people.
To attract customers, the restaurant relies on various forms of advertising including radio ads and email marketing, according to Fuess.
Weekends are the busy times, especially Friday and Saturday nights.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Hoss’s was founded in 1983 by Willard E. “Bill” Campbell, who remains chairman of the board and CEO.
The first Hoss’s location was in DuBois.
The Hoss’s chain operates more than 30 dining locations, including four Marzoni’s Brick Oven & Brewing Co. restaurants.