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The Whistle Taproom & Venue

The Whistle Taproom & Venue
The Whistle Taproom & Venue

As a native of northeast Ohio, Hanna Kassis understood the comradery and love that surrounds sports in Cleveland, Ohio.

Through his relationship with First Commonwealth Bank and Dale Lenzer, Kassis obtained the SBA 7(a) loan to acquire Whistle & Keg, and later it rebranded as the Whistle Taproom & Venue, Cleveland’s only self-serve bar. Thanks to its downtown location near the arena, ‘Whistle’ has quickly become the home for many Guardians and Cavaliers fans.

With the success of the Whistle Taproom & Venue, Kassis decided to expand into an abutting storefront to create a pizza by the slice shop, and again, he reached out to First Commonwealth Bank for assistance.

Much like in sports, Kassis understands the importance of having great teammates.

“Any additional SBA needs we have for this business or another acquisition, First Commonwealth will be the first place we go.