The Back Porch Restaurant has been serving the community for over 45 years. We started as a small family-owned restaurant and have grown to become a beloved local establishment. We are proud to have become a staple in the community and look forward to many more years of serving our customers.
At The Back Porch Restaurant, we believe that dining out should be an experience that engages all of your senses. That's why we create dishes that not only taste amazing but also look and smell incredible. We believe that every meal should be a celebration and strive to make every visit to our restaurant a memorable one.
Our Baby Back Ribs have been on the menu since opening day in 1975. Our recipe uses a ginger-soy glaze verses a traditional BBQ sauce. Another signature dish is our Maine-Style Baked Scallops which ties into our roots vacationing along the Maine Coast; our secret is the buttery Ritz Cracker crust. Be sure to start your meal with one our homemade soups, such as the Lobster Bisque!
Since 1975 the Back Porch restaurant, on the western bank of the Monongahela River in Lower Speers Pa., has occupied one of the oldest buildings in western Pennsylvania. Around 1785, Henry Speers, Jr. originally purchased the land called the “Speers Intent." Here, in the year 1806, he built his home next to a young Sycamore tree near the river, using local stone, and river sand to make bricks that were formed by hand and baked here on the property. The brickwork is still visible today in the dining rooms. Diligence and hard work brought prosperity to Speers who operated ferry routes across the Mon, where cattle, driven from the western territories crossed the river on the long journey east to Pittsburgh. Henry Speers died in 1840 and the home was handed down through several generations of his descendants before being sold and abandoned for years. During the Civil War years, the old Speers home is said to have been used as a stop on the underground railroad that carried runaway slaves north to freedom. Rumors carry on to this day of a secret tunnel from the basement of the home to the river bank, used for quick escapes from bounty hunters. In 1972 Joseph Pappalardo acquired the home and began a three-year restoration that ended on Valentine's Day 1975 when the Back Porch Restaurant opened it’s doors to the public.
The now huge sycamore that Henry Speers built his home next to still stands as a reminder of the proud heritage of the Speers Intent, carried on by the Pappalardo family with a dedication to preserving the very best….
From architecture and relaxing atmosphere to fine foods.
Did you ever cross the I-70 bridge near the Charleroi - Rt. 88 exit and see the Sycamore Tree all lit up with about 3000 lights? That was the idea of Ron Monack. Ron passed on May 31, 2023, at the age of 94. On October 28th, 2023, family and friends gathered at the Back Porch to celebrate his value to the community by placing a bronze plaque in his honor!
Sally Pappalardo and Ron, with the assistance of local West Penn Power linemen Bill Sterner and the late Sam Sproulls, brought the idea of lighting the sycamore tree to life. In 1987, the team worked tirelessly to string 3,500 lights from the trunk of the tree to each of its branches, all 92 feet tall, using a cable-operated crane. The project took over four days to complete. Today, the tree stands at 97 feet tall and is 6 feet in diameter. The tree is illuminated every day around 5 pm, throughout Daylight Savings Time. Our sycamore tree has become a holiday staple in the community and is a one-of-a-kind addition to the Mon Valley skyline. If you're interested in learning more, check out the Mon Valley Independent Article about our sycamore tree and it's history.