Maker of Dining Experiences - YRK Magazine
Rockfish Public House
  • 110 N. George St. York, PA 17401
  • 717.893.5928

Maker of Dining Experiences

Writer michael vyskocil
Photographer Eric Forberger

“You build several things in a restaurant: the atmosphere, food, service … everything together makes that experience.”

Brandon Hufnagel has been shaping food experiences across Central Pennsylvania for more than 24 years. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, he has worked at dining establishments of landmarks such as the Yorktowne Hotel, Regents’ Glen Country Club and The Belvedere Inn in Lancaster. 

But it’s York County that has always been home for Hufnagel. When the opportunity arose to help fellow York restaurateurs Tom Sibol and Jeremiah Anderson of White Rose Bar & Grill launch a new restaurant in downtown York in 2016, he didn’t turn it down.

Over the past 1 1/2 years, Hufnagel has served as general manager of Rockfish Public House, downtown York’s premier seafood restaurant. “What drew me to this opportunity with Tom and Jeremiah was their focus on quality, service and being a part of the community. That’s what they stand by, and it’s what’s always top of mind for me.”

His focus on front-of-house operations at Rockfish, he says, has fostered positive relationships between people and place, creating an inviting atmosphere that complements the highest quality seafood dishes from the Rockfish kitchen.

Now, Hufnagel embraces a new relationship with his hometown southern York County community: Glen Rock. Late last year, he became the owner of the place that gave him his first job — the Glen Rock Mill Inn. This fine dining destination is set within the facade of a historic 1837 Glen Rock woolen mill building. 

With a family history connected to the town and a family farm less than five minutes from the Mill Inn, Hufnagel says he aims to continue the Mill Inn’s legacy and incorporate the organic produce grown at his farm into the restaurant through a farm-to-table approach.

“Restaurants and agriculture can survive together,” he says. “Pennsylvania has so much to offer with craft brews, microdistilling and produce. It’s about staying local and supporting local.”

Rockfish Public House
  • 110 N. George St. York, PA 17401
  • 717.893.5928