Arooga’s President Gary Huether, Jr. Named to Power List: Readers Picks by Nation’s Restaurant News

Arooga’s President Gary Huether, Jr. Named to Power List: Readers Picks by Nation’s Restaurant News

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Harrisburg, PA  (Restaurant News Release)  With Arooga’s completing the best year in its history, its co-founder and leader was recently recognized by the restaurant industry’s leading resource, Nation’s Restaurant News.

Gary Huether, Jr., co-founder and president of Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar, was recently named to NRN’s 2015 The Power List: Reader Picks. NRN, which uses its own expertise – comprised of its editors booking an aggregate of more than 70 years covering the foodservice industry – to choose its annual The Power List. This year, NRN turned to its audience to crowdsource the first ever Reader Picks, based on peer nominations. Huether, Jr. was a Reader Pick.

Earlier this year, Huether, Jr. was named one of Central Penn Business Journal’s Forty Under 40. The program, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary, recognizes the region’s shining stars for commitment to business growth, professional excellence and community service.

“I’m always honored by the personal recognition but my focus remains on Arooga’s,” said Huether, Jr. “For me, it’s always been about our special brand, our team members and guests.”

Arooga’s recently celebrated its sixth anniversary. Under Huether, Jr.’s leadership, Arooga’s was selected as America’s Next Top Restaurant Franchise in a nationwide search to find an independent restaurant to become the next great franchise.

Gary is Baltimore-born, but Central Pennsylvania raised, growing up in Mechanicsburg and graduating from Trinity High School in Camp Hill, Pa. Ever ambitious, Gary attended college while working full time for Snap-On Tools, and quickly transitioned into the role of franchise owner, eventually owning several franchises by the young age of 21. He was 25 when he was presented with an opportunity to take over ownership of a local bar in Harrisburg where he rediscovered his passion for restaurants, and he hasn’t looked back since.


About Arooga’s

Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar is an innovative full-service casual restaurant and bar with a sports and entertainment focus that combines exceptional food and beverages, with unique concepts, and proprietary operational strategies. Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar was founded in July 2008, and currently operates nine corporate locations in Central Pennsylvania. Now, its founders are taking the “unique sports and entertainment restaurant & bar” concept national and are offering franchising opportunities to qualified multi-unit candidates. For more information, contact Keith Swade, Franchise Development, at 215-450-9388 or Also, visit the company’s web site at


Derek Farley
DFPR for Arooga’s

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Release Date: 
Tuesday, February 3, 2015