Need to know
- A colonial-themed restaurant on the site of a 1773 restaurant in the Old City of Philadelphia was closed, due to a commercial decline caused by the corona virus infection.
- Walter Stipe, Citadel’s longtime chef owner, called the closure “Bittersweet” and said it was followed by slow business four nights a week. The restaurant has lost key customers of international travelers, he said.
- The original structure was demolished in 1854, but a reconstructed version based on period paintings, written accounts and insurance studies opened in 1976.
A colonial-themed restaurant on the site of a 1773 restaurant in the Old City of Philadelphia was closed, due to a commercial decline caused by the corona virus infection.
The Philadelphia investigator first reported Walter Stepe, the longtime chef owner of City Towers, called the closure “Bittersweet” and said it followed a slow business four nights a week.
NBC10 later confirmed it closed on Monday.
“After an exciting trip, we announce the immediate closure of City Tavern Restaurant,” the restaurant said in a news release. “Although our chapter may be over, there will still be plenty of material under the charge of the National Park Service for this 247-year-old treasure.”
In 1774, According to the restaurant’s website, The restaurant is the “unofficial meeting place” of delegates to the first Continental Congress at nearby Carpenters’ Hall, which was attended by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. It was also the site of a farewell dinner in 1787. The Constitution was signed and hosted in 1789 when Washington was on his way to New York for his inauguration.
The National Park Service, which owns the property, opened City Tavern in 1976, corresponding to twenty years. The original structure was demolished in 1854 following extensive damage from a fire two decades ago.
The restaurant has been run by Stipe since 1994, and he said he would end his contract with the government. Since taking over, Stipe has also published cookbooks and two PPS series, most recently “Taste of History”, whose production has been halted by the Corona virus outbreak.
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