Perhaps you’re asking: Where did our name come from? The Shepherd & the Knucklehead is a novel published in 2001. It delves into the subject of the duality in man. The responsible (Shepherd) and the irresponsible (Knucklehead) represent the mental tug of war going on inside each of our minds, bodies, and souls. The main character, Oliver Wendell Tweed (a compilation of Oliver Wendell Holmes and Boss Tweed—in other words, a mix of purity and greed) is on a search for the meaning of this duality in each of us. Along for the journey is his sock monkey and constant companion, Francis Bacon. Interestingly enough, Oliver owns a pub near a university and implores emerging philosopher-students to develop both sides of their brain so they can ensure balance in their lives.
At The Shepherd & The Knucklehead, we do not just celebrate the duality in man with great beer, food, and service, we also give back to the community. For seventeen years, our pub has been redistributing our profits to help clothe, feed, and house the poor—both locally and across the globe. We have fed 231 Jewish Ethiopian families, purchased an ambulance for a German Lutheran missionary, and provided ongoing support for Father McGhee’s food pantry on Montgomery St. in downtown Paterson. We have raised—and continue to raise—money for research into leukemia and testicular cancer. Every week, we donate to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, a world famous charity dedicated to helping the poor. To continue this commitment to the poor, we have pledged $25,000 over the next five years to Project Faith, a charity run by the Diocese of Paterson, NJ.