Gresham's Chophouse

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Tom Regenski, Jr. came to the University of Scranton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in 1995 as he flirted with the ideas of several businesses. In 1998, Regenski decided that along with his two brothers Paul and Joseph, he would build a restaurant on their family property at Lake Wallenpaupack, in Hawley.

Up to this point, the family owned and operated Gresham’s Motel since 1952. This was owned by Regenski’s great-grandfather, the late Tom Gresham. Gresham’s Motel has continued its operation through its third generation, owner Tom Regenski, Sr. The property is located conveniently on U.S. Route 6, directly across the street from Lake Wallenpaupack’s only public beach, all rooms in the motel and tables in the restaurant overlook the lake.

Starting in 1998, the SBDC worked with Regenski on his business plan and loan package. Once approved, he and his brothers built the restaurant themselves, acting as both general contractors and providing the labor. Gresham’s Chophouse opened for business in 1999, and today these three brothers still share in the duties of running the bar and restaurant, while their father, Tom Regenski, Sr., runs the Lakeview motel next door.

Since 1999, the SBDC has helped with hiring employees, marketing, assisting in refinancing, and most recently, with redesigning of their website as well as social media marketing.

Gresham’s Chophouse faced the most difficult obstacle in 2007, when the two-year old son of Joseph Regenski passed away from a malignant brain tumor. Through their own grief, the family could help others, and created the Calab Joseph Regenski Memorial Foundation to financially assist other families who have critically ill children.

As of 2013, the restaurant has eight full time and eleven part time employees. Gresham’s Chophouse was awarded the 2013 SBA Mid-Atlantic Family Business of the Year Award for Eastern Pennsylvania.

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