Arooga’s President Gary Huether, Jr. Named to 2017 Power List: Reader Picks by Nation’s Restaurant News

Arooga's President Gary Huether, Jr. Named to 2017 Power List: Reader Picks by Nation's Restaurant NewsArooga's President Gary Huether, Jr. Named to 2017 Power List: Reader Picks by Nation's Restaurant News

For the second time in three years, Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar co-founder and president Gary Huether, Jr., has been recognized by the restaurant industry’s leading resource, Nation’s Restaurant News, being named to NRN’s 2017 The Power List: Reader Picks.

Nation’s Restaurant News, which uses its own expertise – comprised of its best-in-class editors booking an aggregate of more than 100 years covering the foodservice industry – to choose its annual The Power List, turned to its audience beginning in 2015 to crowdsource its Reader Picks. Based on peer nominations. Huether, Jr. was a Reader Pick during its first year as well.

“Any honor for me is really meant for the Aroogas brand,” said Huether, Jr. “I’ve always put Aroogas first because without our awesome team and guests, none of this recognition would be possible.”

Arooga’s, the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania born-and-based national award- winning full service casual restaurant and bar, recently celebrated its 8th anniversary under Huether, Jr.’s leadership. Arooga’s, once selected as America’s Next Top Restaurant Franchise, most recently was named one of the Top 500 Franchises of 2017 by Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 Ranking. Arooga’s was also named among the 50 Future Fastest Growing Small Restaurant Chains Restaurant Business Magazine in 2016.

Huether, Jr. is Baltimore-born, Central Pennsylvania raised, growing up in Mechanicsburg and graduating from Trinity High School in Camp Hill, Pa.  Ever ambitious, he 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 discovered his passion for restaurants, and he and his Arooga’s brand haven’t looked back since.

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.  In addition to 10 corporate locations in Central Pennsylvania, Arooga’s currently has three franchise locations in operation, with locations in New Jersey, New York, Florida, and Massachusetts currently under development.

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