Havertown Drinks of 45 Years of Lamplighter Tavern Memories

Jack Quinn, owner of the Lamplighter Tavern
Jack Quinn, owner of the Lamplighter Tavern in Havertown. Photo courtesy of Peg DeGrassa, Digital First Media.

Surrounded by old photos and sipping old favorites, the Havertown faithful raised a glass to celebrate 45 years of Jack Quinn’s Lamplighter Tavern last Saturday.
It was literally a gathering of old friends.

“Almost everyone I hired through the years is a resident of Havertown,” Quinn said in a News of Delaware County feature by Peg DeGrassa. “From the electricians, plumbers and carpenters to the servers, bartenders, dishwashers and cooks, most have had a Havertown address.”

And most have also shared a last name with another employee at some point in the tavern’s nearly half-century history.

“I just recently had a kid come in to look for a job,” he said. “I asked him ‘How did you hear about the Lamplighter?’ and he said to me, ‘My grandmother worked here for years.’ It made me smile to think how many generations have come here to either work, have a beer, meet friends, watch a game, or enjoy a family dinner. I think the locals from Havertown, Ardmore, Broomall, Drexel Hill, Newtown Square, and the surrounding areas just find it comfortable here. I am very grateful because the bar has always been busy.”

Fortunately for Delaware County, the Lamplighter Tavern is much more than a job for Quinn; he has no plans to retire and a few new tricks up his sleeve yet.

“I don’t want to give this up. I really like making my customers happy,” he said in the article. “The Lamplighter is all about our customers. The most important product of this business is the service. We value every person who walks through our door.”

Click here to read more about the overflowing history and culture of the Lamplighter Tavern in the News of Delaware County.