Crown American Associates owns and operates the Holiday Inn Johnstown-Downtown and it’s onsite restaurant, Harrigan’s Café & Wine Deck. The Holiday Inn Downtown Johnstown opened in May 1973 as a Sheraton Hotel. Frank Pasquerilla, then owner of Crown Construction Company, began his business in 1965 as a small, family run construction company. Over the next decade Crown American purchased and developed several hotels and shopping malls on the east coast and became one of the mid-Atlantic’s top hotel management and development corporations. In March 1984 the Sheraton celebrated a grand re-opening as the Holiday Inn Johnstown-Downtown.
The hotel has been the focal point of gala events, elegant dinners, and meetings for over 40 years. The hotel has hosted several celebrities, sports stars, and elected officials over the decades. Stars like Sofia Loren, Paul Neumann, Robert Redford, Tom Cruise, Jay Leno, Lucille Ball, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Kelly Clarkson, Aerosmith, Ozzy Osborne, Mario Lemieux, and countless athletes have stayed here. A wide variety of elected officials have stayed at the hotel as well. Johnstown received much publicity after the famed films Slapshot and All The Right Moves were filmed in the City and surrounding areas.
Harrigan’s Café & Wine Deck, a Wine Spectator ward-winning restaurant, has always been a gathering spot for important business meetings and wonderful nights out in the City. Inspired by their trip to the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Frank Pasquerilla and his son Mark, current owner of Crown American Associates, themed the restaurant as the Alpine Dining Room & Bavarian Lounge. Over the years, the Bavarian theme faded to make way for a fine dining experience.
During Johnstown’s third disastrous flood in July 1977, the Holiday Inn sustained much damage, the brunt of which affected the kitchen and restaurant. As workers pumped mud out of the restaurant through a hole in the wall, the hotel and restaurant never closed. Instead, the hotel and restaurant stayed open to house and feed the hundreds of the critical emergency personnel who worked around the clock to stabilize the City.
As a leader in the hospitality industry for over forty years, our proud tradition of hospitality continues. The dedication and commitment to Johnstown established by the Pasquerilla family lives on today. With the best practices of our organization and the best efforts of our employees, Crown American Associates is committed to our mission and values as we provide the best service to our guests and strive to be the best hospitality provider in the region.
Amy Toth was born and raised in Johnstown, PA. She attended Greater Johnstown High School and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Business Management, with a concentration in Marketing. She has been the Catering Sales Manager at the Holiday Inn Johnstown-Downtown since August 2008, and has previous experience working in sales and advertising for FOX 8/ABC23 and the Tribune-Democrat. Amy excels at growing orchids, organizes her closets by color and style order, and enjoys party planning. She resides in Johnstown with her husband Michael and their 2 daughters, Celia & Sutton.