Patrick Nolan has learned to seize the day as a result of many formidable changes he has experienced throughout his life and often attributes this to the success he has developed.
As co-owner of the Alter House in Clarks Summit, a family owned farm-to-table restaurant dedicated to seasonal, sustainable cuisine, he makes it his culinary mission to source the finest ingredients from farmers’ markets, regional farmers, artisan purveyors and local farms whenever possible. Sustainability is at the forefront of at Alter House’s identity and seasons define the menu. The goal of the business is to be the restaurant of choice in Northeast Pennsylvania, providing guests with unique culinary offerings paired with incredible service in a relaxed atmosphere.
“In just seven short months, we’ve managed to build relationships and support the community by working with 20 local farms and artisans,” explained Nolan. “This not only ensures we are offering our guests the finest ingredients at Alter House, but we are able to contribute financially to our local community.”
Nolan assists in day-to-day operations, including maintaining the facility to working alongside employees.
“There is nothing I would ask an employee to do that I have not done myself, and honestly I am learning something new every new day. We make up a great team at Alter House,” he acknowledges.
Nolan began in a construction career at a young age, which has aided in the “from the ground up” rebirth of Alter House for he and his wife’s business.
While his wife, best friend and mentor, Elisha, grew up the restaurant industry, a rare medical issue put her life and her husband’s on hold for awhile.
“After making the difficult decision to amputate her leg, and the period of rehabilitation and focus on health that followed, we found we could finally move forward into the next chapter of our life. We knew we wanted to do something together. With her life long knowledge of the restaurant industry and newfound respect for clean and healthy eating, and my construction experience, Alter House was born,” he added.
The couple continues to learn from one another, continuously growing, and dedicated to creating something amazing at their beloved restaurant.
“We know if we have our health and each other, we are rich beyond measure. That attitude keeps us forging forward. We will each continue to have our battles to face but we do it together,” he notes.
He receives great support from both his wife and his son.
“He makes me want to be a better man. My son reminds me every day that someone is always watching and learning from my example,” explains Nolan.
He says he is also blessed with amazing in-laws who support him as their own.
The Alter House received the 2018 Times-Tribune Readers Choice Best New Restaurant award.