Brothers. No, I have never tried their pizza. Yes, a chain -- with 30 locations total? Yes, they have opened, on the corner of Third and Reilly in Midtown Harrisburg, in a building that is part of Harrisburg Area Community College. (and yes, the HACC presence is cool, their use of students to finish the building intentional and educational, and . . . ) The signs saying Brother's was coming were there for ages and finally -- they are there. Here's
the pennlive announcement of their opening!
So, all those mornings standing across the street looking at the opening soon signs and waiting for the bus had an effect. I tried lunch-ishness one very hot afternoon.
What did I have? I had a version of a cheesesteak. Their ordinary one comes with American cheese. I got provolone. And, it comes, apparently ordinarily, with marinara sauce. This seems beyond weird to me. I did not get it. I did get onions. And, all in all, the sandwich was good. The bread, alas, was all wrong -- not the roll I think belongs with a cheesesteak. But it was inexpensive (relatively) and tasty.
The ambiance? Well, they definitely had the air conditioning on the very hot day I wandered by. And the guys were very into the World Cup (and yes, I was there the day the US played the UK). I liked the murals painted on the walls, featuring all sorts of Harrisburg sites (though they might have been a bit more creative in choosing them). . . It feels a bit sterile though, and a bit in need of more visitors. It's very new. Maybe that's why? On the other hand, the guy who served me introduced himself -- and then remembered my name a few days later when I was walking by. I, alas, have no idea what his name is.
Might I try the pizza? I might indeed. Here's a review from the examiner. Here's urbanspoon on this location (which admittedly needs more attention):