What to Know
- A colonial-themed restaurant on the site of a 1773 pub in the Old City of Philadelphia closed due to a decline in business due to the coronavirus pandemic.
- Walter Staib, the owner of the longtime City Tavern’s chef, calls the shutdown “bittersweet,” and says it involves months of slow business four nights a week. The restaurant has lost its core customer base of international tourists, he said.
- The original structure was approved in 1854, but a rebuilt version based on period imagery, writing accounts and insurance surveys opened in 1976 coincided with the nation’s biennial.
A colonial-themed restaurant on the site of a 1773 pub in the Old City of Philadelphia closed due to a decline in business due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Philadelphia Inquirer first reported that City Tavern’s longtime chef, owner, Walter Staib, called the shutdown “bittersweet,” and said it was after months of sluggish business four nights a week. Japan, he said.
NBC10 subsequently confirmed the closure on Monday.
“After a great journey, we would like to announce the immediate closure of City Tavern Restaurant,” the restaurant said in a press release. “Although our chapter may be over, there will certainly be more in store under the National Park Service’s management of this 247 year old treasure.”
In 1774, according to the restaurant’s website, the pub was the “unofficial meeting venue” for delegates to the first Continental Congress at the nearby Carpenters’ Hall, with George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams in number of participants. It was also the site of a farewell dinner in 1787 after signing the Constitution and a 1789 party for Washington while he was traveling to New York to attend the inauguration, the website says.
The restaurant’s website says the National Parks Agency, which owns the property, opened City Tavern in 1976 coincidentally every two years after restoration based on period photos, writing accounts and references. insurance. The original structure was leveled in 1854 after heavy damage from a fire two decades earlier.
The restaurant has been run since 1994 by Staib, who said his government contract was coming to an end. Since taking over, Staib has also published cookbooks and has had two PBS series, most recently “A Taste of History”, production of which is being delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.