Fresh Roasted Hosting is headquartered in vibrant downtown Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. We live here, we work here, and we play here. It's our home, and we're proud of it.
Harrisburg is a riverside city of about 50,000 in a region of just over two million. Although fairly small by city standards, the close proximity of two other cities (York and Lancaster) combined with the tight economic, social, and political ties among all three have created a metro area that feels much larger.
Downtown Harrisburg is the city's nightlife & entertainment district. Dozens of restaurants, nightclubs, live music venues, and bars are mixed in with residential and commercial hirises. From no-frills dive bars to upscale ultralounges, the Second Street corridor -- once deserted after sundown -- has become a thriving nightlife hotspot. Since the turn of the millennium, downtown has delivered consistent strong economic growth. Fresh Roasted Hosting is headquarterd in the Executive House building, near the southern end of downtown.
Midtown is Harrisburg's arts & culture district. If you imagine downtown as towering hirises and nightclubs, think of midtown as historic townhomes and coffee houses. Midtown is currently in the midst of a major cultural renaissance, with a healthy dose of art galleries, unique restaurants, independent retailers, and off-the-beaten-path nightlife. Our favorite spots are Midtown Scholar (our official company boardroom) and Broad Street Market (our official employee cafeteria).
Downtown and midtown are both connected by way of Riverfront Park, a five-mile well-manicured park running along the Susquehanna River. Well-used jogging and cycling trails wind through the entire length of the park and onto City Island by way of a 19th-century wrought-iron truss bridge. In addition to providing free exercise and relaxation for urban dwellers, Riverfront Park plays host to a number of free and paid events throughout the year.
All of this comes together to make Harrisburg a surprisingly vibrant, non-stop city. Residents and business owners alike have a sense of pride that isn't often found in cities our size. From civic organizations like Harrisburg Young Professionals to our disproportionately-active social media scene, Harrisburg is alive like few other small cities are.
If you're coming to town, we recommend visiting over the weekend. Downtown's nightlife is best on Fridays and Saturdays after 10pm, and midtown provides a relaxed backdrop by day. We suggest:
- For dining:
- Dodge City, a high-quality independent steakhouse (around $30 per person with appetizer, entree, dessert, and beverage)
- Gingerbread Man, a regional chain of bars with decent American-style bar food
- Roxy's, Third Street Diner, or Colonial Park Diner; outstanding American diners with great food and fast service
- Tres Hermanos or El Sol; authentic and upscale Mexican restaurants, respectively
- Palumbo's, a local pizza chain famous for its Grandma pizza
- The Soup Spot, featuring a wide selection of fresh traditional and unique soups.
- The Sandwich Man, a local sandwich chain with outstanding subs
- Brick City, a restaurant with a decidedly city theme
- For live music:
- The Abbey Bar at Appalachain Brewing Company; choice independent acts with locally-brewed drafts
- Whitaker Center, a performance theater booking larger, more well-known acts
- Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center (HMAC); unique performances, though not always musical
- For coffee:
- Little Amps Coffee Roasters, a small coffee house that roasts & distributes their own beans
- St. Thomas Roasters, an established coffee house / roaster with frequent live acts
- Cafe De Luna, an independent coffee house in midtown
- Midtown Scholar, an upscale used bookstore with a very good coffee cafe
- Chris's Coffee Connection, an independent coffee vendor in the Broad Street Market.
- For shopping:
- Midtown Scholar, a selective, unique, used bookstore
- The Plum, a women's clothing boutique
- For nightlife:
- Privado or Level 2; upscale martini bars / ultralounges
- Zembies or Aroogas; sports bars with decent menus
- McGraths, Ceoltas, or Molly Brannigan's; Irish pubs with varying degrees of authenticity
- Eclipse or Hardware Bar; mainstream nightclubs
- Red Door, an upscale wine bar
- Pep Grill, Midtown Tavern, and Gingerbread Man; no-frills neighborhood bars
- Blue Heaven and The Thatch; outdoor bars
- Brick Haus, a German-inspired bar with unique concoctions (try the Lumberjack)We love our city, and would be happy to answer any questions you might have. If you're planning a visit, feel free to drop us a line and we'll be happy to help out!