About PJ Scanlan

Born in Scranton, Pa., he was the son of the late John J. Scanlan and Margaret Clarke Scanlan. He was educated at St. Paul's School and was a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps. At age 18, he joined his brother and sister in New York City at the world famous Stork Club. His years there gave rise to his lifelong interest in the food and hospitality industry.

Opened in 1968

In 1968, he opened the first version of "Scanlan's" on Lackawanna Avenue where the Steamtown Mall now exists. Subsequently, he opened the renowned "Scanlan's Saloon" on Mulberry Street at the edge of the University of Scranton campus. In the mid '80s he and his wife opened a new restaurant in downtown Scranton, "Scanlan's on the Square," where they remained for 20 years. In 2008 they moved to their current location at 317 Linden St., where loyal friends, patrons and guests gather for lunch.