Hoss's Steak and Sea House

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Hoss's Family Steak and Sea
Founded 1983
Founder Willard E. Campbell
Headquarters Duncansville,[1] Pennsylvania, United States
Key people
Willard E. Campbell (CEO and Chairman)[2][3]
Carl Raup (CFO)[4]
Website www.hosss.com

Hoss's Family Steak and Sea (commonly known as Hoss's) is a restaurant chain based in Duncansville, Pennsylvania. As of October 2016, the company operates 36 locations in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.[5] The restaurant is a well-known icon to the local economy and area and has hosted several local events[6][7] including a Toys for Tots and classic car show charity event in 2009.[8]

Hoss's has also received news coverage participating in several Pennsylvania farm shows,[9] and according to a 2001 news article, has spent about $200,000 a year.[3]


Hoss's Steak and Sea House was founded in 1983 by Willard E. "Bill" Campbell with the first location in DuBois, Pennsylvania.[10][11] Today, Campbell still serves as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Hoss's Steak and Sea House and his son, Craig, is the company's planning and development director.[12] His wife, Nancy, has also served as the company's director of public relations for 24 years.[13]

In addition to operating as a restaurant chain, in 1998, Hoss's financed and built a new bathroom and storage facility in Delmont, Pennsylvania through a construction company Hoss's owned.[14]

In 2008, the restaurant chain was named "Best Places to Work in PA" by a group of various Pennsylvania-based organizations, making it the second consecutive year and the fourth time Hoss's has made the list.[15] In 2011, the Hoss's location in Hummelstown was one of the businesses damaged by Tropical Storm Lee, flooded with more than six feet of water[16] and was out of business for eight months.[17]

In March 2013, Hoss's was named the "2013 Chain Operator" in Beef Checkoff Program's 2012 National Foodservice Beef Backer Awards.[18] In May 2014, Hoss's started a White House petition to name May 31 National Steak Day but did not get enough signatures.[19]

In 2015, Hoss's also opened a separate restaurant, Marzoni's Brick Oven & Brewery Co.[20]


In 1995, two Hoss's waitresses sued the company after a cook skewered, mutilated and deep-fried a Barbie doll. In the lawsuit, the waitresses recalled the events that took place in September 1994 including accusing the managers of fondling them, employees discussing sexual encounters and obscenities and other sexual and inappropriate behavior. They accused the restaurant of not regularly changing the cooking oil including after the Barbie doll incident. One of the waitresses also accused a manager of demoting and eventually firing her after she complained.[21] The lawsuit went to trial in federal court in 1998[22] and, according to a 2000 book, the jury ruled in favor of Hoss's[23] though other details about the case have not been found.

In 2007, Hoss's received significant attention from state and international news sources[24] after an E. coli outbreak from the restaunt's meat supplier sickened several people at different locations. As a result, the meat supplier, HFX, recalled 259,230 lbs. of meat as a precaution.[25]


The restaurant has received news coverage for its walls decorated with antique American newspapers, photos and objects, especially those local to the area including an Erie newspaper's front page story of Victory over Japan Day in 1945.[11]


  1. ^ "Steer sold for $17,000 at state Farm Show". Observer–Reporter. Associated Press. 1994-01-14. Retrieved 2013-02-04. 
  2. ^ Klaus, Mary (2008-01-09). "Champions make money for owners". pennlive.com. Retrieved 2013-02-04. 
  3. ^ a b "Champion steer fetches $15,000". Gettysburg Times. Associated Press. 2001-01-12. Retrieved 2013-02-04. 
  4. ^ Pinchot, Joe (2007-07-25). "Hoss's vote delayed for study". sharonherald.com. Retrieved 2013-02-04. 
  5. ^ http://hosss.com/locations-hours/
  6. ^ West, Jamie (2009-11-27). "Church, restaurant provide luncheon". journal.news.net. Retrieved 2013-02-04. 
  7. ^ "Participants in heart walk take steps to help fight disease". Gettysburg Times. 1999-09-23. Retrieved 2013-02-04. 
  8. ^ King, Joselyn (2009-11-12). "Annual Event Kicks Off With Classic Car Show". news-register.com. Retrieved 2013-02-04. 
  9. ^ "Sale of Champions wraps up junior livestock exhibits at Pa. Farm Show". farmanddairy.com. 2013-01-15. Retrieved 2013-02-04. 
  10. ^ "Hoss's by land, or Hoss's by sea". The Beaver County Times. 1996-02-06. Retrieved 2013-02-04. 
  11. ^ a b Lawrence, Floyd (2005-10-21). "Hoss's offers historic eating treat". Erie Times-News. Retrieved 2013-02-04. 
  12. ^ Guerriero, John (2004-05-19). "Hoss's to construct new, bigger restaurant". Erie Times-News. Retrieved 2013-02-04. 
  13. ^ Cowan, Barbara (2008-04-13). "Triibute to Women". altoonamirror.com. Retrieved 2013-02-04. 
  14. ^ "HOSS'S TO BUILD BATHROOM FOR PARK". Pittsburg Post-Gazette. 1998-11-11. Retrieved 2013-02-04. 
  15. ^ "Pets won't suffer during tough times". goerie.com. 2008-09-15. Retrieved 2013-02-04. 
  16. ^ Hatmaker, Julie (2011-09-11). "Hummelstown residents and businesses face hefty cleanup task after flood". pennlive.com. Retrieved 2013-02-04. 
  17. ^ Gleiter, Sue (2012-05-21). "Hoss's Steak and Sea House near Hummelstown set to open Tuesday eight months after it closed from flooding". pennlive.com. Retrieved 2013-02-04. 
  18. ^ Frumkin, Paul (2013-03-25). "Beef Checkoff announces Beef Backer Awards". nrn.com. Retrieved 2013-04-06. 
  19. ^ "Why no National Steak Day? Hoss's Steak & Sea House aims to change that with petition". pennlive.com. May 8, 2014. Retrieved June 16, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Eatery with focus on craft beer to move into former Muggs in Scranton". citizensvoice.com. February 4, 2015. Retrieved June 16, 2015. 
  21. ^ Pitz, Marylynne (1997-08-22). "Suit against Hoss's by women advances". post-Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2013-02-04. 
  22. ^ Pitz, Marylynne (1998-02-16). "Waitresses' suit reaches courts". post-gazette.com. Retrieved 2013-02-04. 
  23. ^ Benko, Laura; Attila, Benko (2000). Buy This Book or We Will Sue You. Citadel Press. p. 146. ISBN 080652233X. Retrieved 2013-02-04. 
  24. ^ "Penn. firm recalls beef due to possible E. coli". uk.reuters.com. 2007-04-21. Retrieved 2013-02-04. 
  25. ^ "State investigates E. coli cases linked to restaurants". post-gazette.com. Associated Press. 2007-04-21. Retrieved 2013-02-04. 

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