We deliver outstanding food in unique environments. Our relentless attention to detail, fierce commitment to quality, and peerless customer satisfaction lie at the heart of everything we do.
Over 10 Million
Scalleat Hospitality Group began from humble beginnings when John Scalleat opened, Jon's Campus Shop a pizza and hoagie shop in downtown Kutztown, PA while attending Kutztown University in the 1970's. The shop was decorated by Kutztown's art students and so small that it inspired the name of his second restaurant Close Quarters opening in 1975. That restaurant quickly became popular with skiers and tourists in the Lake Harmony area of the Poconos, and, after a successful run, John sold it in 1999. Along the way, he purchased the Ovalon Bar & Grill in 1977, and in 1989 he opened the Powerhouse Eatery in an abandoned power station that required two years of work to renovate. He purchased and remodeled the building that houses Connor’s Grillroom in 2002.
Today, the Powerhouse Eatery still retains the original brickwork, valves, and boilers that serve as the backdrop for a menu of classic and contemporary American fare, with steaks, chops, and seafood dishes to appeal to the heartiest appetites. With over 200 seats, it’s the largest of Scalleat Hospitality Group’s five establishments, attracting tourists as well as travelers, thanks to its food, unusual architecture, and visibility from Interstate 80 that passes nearby. The Ovalon, which has been in continuous operation since 1946, has 150 seats and leans toward traditional Italian fare in a family- and kid-friendly atmosphere. Connor’s Grillroom, also with 150 seats, was focused on white-tablecloth dining and served contemporary interpretations of classic American dishes.
“It’s important to me to keep the ambience and hospitality of a family-run business. We always have been family owned, family operated, and family oriented."
— John scalleat, FOUNDER
Our customer-service philosophy is simple: Satisfaction is guaranteed.
Although, we believe our commitment extends further then our customers - we seek to ensure individuals, businesses, and communities that we operate with and within are always dealt with the highest standard of integrity and trust. Attracting, hiring, an nurturing employees that believe in these values is what sets our businesses apart. Our team consists of individuals who embody our family values, excellence in hospitality, and integrity.
Our Current Properties
Since 1989, the Powerhouse Eatery has been providing customers with an exceptional dining experience in a unique, historic atmosphere. The former power plant from which we take our name has been transformed into a contemporary dining destination, welcoming patrons from throughout the country to our home in White Haven, Pennsylvania. Yet the distinctive past of our building is always present in our remarkable dining experience.
The Canning House continues our mission to deliver outstanding food in unique & historic environments. The former canning production facility from which we take our name has been transformed into a modern dining destination. Yet the distinctive past of our building is always present in our remarkable experience, accompanied by our relentless attention to detail, fierce commitment to quality, and peerless customer satisfaction.
The Ovalon Bar & Grill is Hazleton's longest standing fine dining restaurant. Today the Ovalon is a Italian fine dining tradition, and stands as the roots of the Scalleat Hospitality Group's three restaurants. Our chefs feature Italian Classics – as well as contemporary offerings – in our wide-ranging entrée selections. For those that enjoy a lighter fare, a sandwich or a small plate at our smoke free bar is an excellent option. Families can sit and appreciate a relaxing meal with their children, who can order from the children’s menu. We also have a full menu available for takeout.