Sean Arnold is the owner and head chef of Left Bank Restaurant & Bar, an award-winning restaurant and cocktail bar in downtown York.
His most recent accolade is a Restaurant Award from Wine Spectator, a list that was announced earlier this week. The Left Bank is one of 67 establishments in Pennsylvania to receive the 2022 vintage of the annual award, a slice of more than 3,150 dining destinations recognized by Wine Spectator nationally and in 70 countries.
“This restaurant award has put La Rive Gauche in the national spotlight. It’s a big deal for us, but more importantly, it’s a tribute to our staff,” Arnold said. “Our team will continue to keep the Left Bank top of mind for all our loyal customers and to attract new customers by pushing our limits of creativity and hospitality.”
He said that award was partly the result of The Left Bank’s wine list being re-evaluated last year and diversifying and expanding.
“We looked at different areas of Pennsylvania and we wanted to bring in different wines from California, Europe, bring in different distributors around the world, Australia, New Zealand,” he said. “We actually doubled or tripled our wine list during this time.”
The award follows a PennLive story last week that Arnold put the upscale bistro up for sale after operating it since 2017, including through the chaos of the pandemic and accompanying closures and restrictions. . It’s on the market for $395,000, according to Rock Commercial Real Estate. The sale includes goodwill, furniture, fixtures, equipment, use of the hotel’s liquor license and proceeds.
“As I plan to move out of the market, the announcement is bittersweet,” Arnold said. “We are very proud of what we have built in York since we took ownership five years ago, winning numerous regional and national awards for our menu, cocktails, wine selection and service,” Arnold said in a statement. Left Bank, at 120 N. George St., has operated in York for nearly 30 years.
The Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards are awarded on three levels: the Prix d’Excellence, the Best Prix d’Excellence and the Grand Prix, with 1,782; 1,290; and 97 winners this year in each respective category, according to a statement. They were launched in 1981.
Two winners of the Grand Award, the program’s highest honor, take home the award for the first time: Gabriel Kreuther in New York and Press Restaurant in Napa Valley.
Included in the special Restaurant Awards issue of Wine Spectator: an account of how restaurants today – through actions such as showcasing greater diversity among the winemakers represented on their wine lists and attention to environmentally friendly winemaking practices – are more creative and inclusive than ever.
Said Marvin R. Shanken, editor and publisher, Wine Spectator. “These awards not only guide our readers to dining establishments with impressive wine lists and exceptional service, but also serve to honor restaurants for their achievements and commitment to maintaining immaculate cellars.
The Restaurant Awards appear in the July 12 issue of The Spectator. Here is a link to the full list of winners.
While Philadelphia and Pittsburgh and their surrounding suburbs are well represented on the list, central Pennsylvania also has its share.
1700 Degree Steakhouse, Harrisburg
Devon Seafood + Steak, Hershey
Elizabeth’s, an American bistro, Lewisburg
Grace, State College
Inn at Herr Ridge, Gettysburg
Osteria Avanti, Leola
The Circular, Hershey
The Left Bank Restaurant and Bar, York
Victor Italian Restaurant, York
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