Arooga’s Celebrates National Celiac Disease Awareness Day with Industry Leading Options EVERY Day

Arooga's Celebrates National Celiac Disease Awareness Day with Industry Leading Options EVERY Day

All Arooga’s Locations Have Received GREAT Kitchens Accreditation from Beyond Celiac; Arooga’s Features More Than 50 Gluten-free Menu Items, Most without Upcharges

Arooga's Celebrates National Celiac Disease Awareness Day with Industry Leading Options EVERY DayArooga’s is celebrating National Celiac Disease Awareness Day by doing what it does best everyday: serving more Gluten-Free options than anyone else and without charging you extra for most of them (upcharge for Gluten Free Rolls only).

Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar, the Harrisburg, PA-based award-winning full-service casual dining restaurant and bar, has 10 corporate locations in Central PA, and franchise locations in Uncasville, CT, Warwick, RI and its newest restaurant in Patchogue, NY. All 13 Arooga’s locations are accredited through the GREAT Kitchens Gluten-Free Training Program of Beyond Celiac (formerly named the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness). More than 50 of Arooga’s menu items are gluten-free or offer gluten-free options, including several beers and ciders.

““People talk about Gluten Free as if it’s trendy and hip but it’s actually based on a serious disease,” said Gary Huether, Jr., president and co-founder of Arooga’s. “For our guests who are affected by Celiac Disease or for those who simply want options, Arooga’s takes special care to ensure our Gluten Free options are conveniently labeled on the menu.”

Beckee Moreland, Director of the GREAT Kitchens Training Program, heralds Arooga’s commitment to safe food options for people with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. “Achieving the Beyond Celiac GREAT Kitchens accreditation status takes commitment and dedication by the entire team to uphold the GREAT standards of safe preparation and ingredients. We appreciate Arooga’s commitment to making a difference to ALL gluten-free diners and their families.”

Celiac disease is a serious autoimmune disorder with more than 300 signs and symptoms and can lead to a number of other disorders including infertility, bone disease, neurological disorders and even some cancers. It is caused by a reaction to gluten, the protein in wheat, barley and rye. September 13 has been dubbed “National Celiac Awareness Day” in honor of the doctor who identified a link between celiac disease and diet. Dr. Samuel Gee, a leader in celiac disease research, was born on September 13, 1839.

In addition to providing an industry-leading number of gluten-free options for its guests, including 10 “no-antibiotic-ever” Wagyu burger options, several salads, and appetizers such as their new Chicken-Free Chicken Strips and old favorite Buffalo Chicken Dip, Arooga’s recently underwent some of its biggest ingredient changes in its history, highlighted by its transition to organic and all-natural ingredients. Every day, Arooga’s features fresh, clean ingredients, no antibiotic ever chicken breasts, and numerous USDA Organic items. Arooga’s has also transitioned all of its soups and dips to have no artificial ingredients and be preservative free.

Since opening its first restaurant in Harrisburg, PA in 2008, Arooga’s has strived to offer its guests the ultimate sports bar experience by offering the latest trends in technology and service, and has also paved the way for sports bars everywhere to offer guests healthy dining alternatives by sourcing clean ingredients that are free of antibiotics and hormones, and in many cases certified organic.  Arooga’s currently has three franchise locations in operation, with locations in New Jersey, Florida, and Massachusetts currently under construction.

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 has franchise agreements for nearly 100 locations in the Eastern U.S.  Arooga’s offers franchising opportunities for their “unique sports and entertainment restaurant & bar” concept to qualified multi-unit candidates.  For more information, visit, or contact Keith Swade, Director of Franchise Development at