Welcome to Stanley’s Trail Side! The story of Stanley’s and the building dates back more than 200 years, in the historic town of Marietta, PA. Prior to 1812, the current building of Stanley’s Trail Side was constructed and has taken on many faces ever since.
In the later part of WWII, Stanley Buncich, a Yugoslavian immigrant, fled to the area from Europe. He settled in Columbia where he worked at the Franklin House in return for room and board. As construction then began on the Pennsylvania turnpike, Stanley took a job as a cook for roadside workers. He was paid $7 a week, setting $5 aside to save for future endeavors that would eventually help pay for his restaurant- Stanley’s & Miley’s Café.
In 1948, Stanley married his sweetheart, Miley, from Clairton and returned to the area to open Stanley’s & Miley’s Café.
After Stanley’s passing in 1989, Miley made the decision to sell the café. Ownership transferred through a few local families.
During this same time, Dave and Val Baker were living in Western Pa. running another restaurant but itching to find a reason to come back to Marietta after visiting a friend who was living here. Dave and Val immediately fell in love with its rich history and often caught themselves wondering what had happened in the places they were standing in years past. Who was there before? What had they done?
In 2015, Dave and Val Baker purchased the restaurant known at that time as Paris Pub and reopened it as Stanley’s Trail Side. They loved the history of Stanley’s and enjoyed learning as much as they could about the building’s and the area’s history. The Bakers even met some of Stanley’s family from Pittsburg and Ohio.
Dave wanted to express his culinary experience by bringing fresh new flavors to the restaurant. We are one of the very few to offer fresh cut steaks and burgers to order. Dave has put together very flavorful sandwich and burger combinations unique to the area. In 2 short years, Penn Live voted us #2 in the top 10 steak houses for South Central Pennsylvania. We have also won 2 Yelp award for most positive and outstanding reviews in 2019 in the restaurant category.
Dave & Val take great pride in the service, cleanliness of the building, and especially the food.
They renovated the building back to its original character, restoring the 200-year-old woodwork and hand-cut hemlock beams above the bar. The space now includes an open ceiling and exposed hemlock beams, similar to the original design, dining room tables made from original wood, and a comfortable and inviting atmosphere that takes you back in time.
Past owners, customers, and employees claim they have heard voices or seen things that they can’t explain. We can’t say for sure that the place is haunted. Yet, if you take the time to think about all of the people who have lived and passed through here over generations, you can’t help but wonder. We invite you to experience Stanley’s and hop back in time. Enjoy flavorful, fresh food, a building full of history, and welcoming faces who feel just like family.