The restaurant business is notoriously tough to break into, and a very high percentage of restaurants never make it past their first couple of years in business. That’s why it’s so impressive that some of these establishments have survived for centuries. You’ll love the history and the food at these historic restaurants, inns and taverns in Pennsylvania:
1. McGillin's Olde Ale House, Philadelphia
As the word "Olde" in its name implies, McGillin's is Philadelphia's oldest continuously operating tavern. Even though it's been serving beer and pub food for over 150 years, you can still count on McGillin's for a good time.
2. Duffy's Tavern, Boalsburg
This historic tavern in Boalsburg was established in 1819, and it's still cozy after all these years. Plus, it's conveniently located only five minutes from Penn State.
3. Bube's Brewery, Mount Joy
In 1876 a young German immigrant named Alois Bube purchased a small brewery in Mount Joy. The brewery was closed right before Prohibition, but Bube's family kept everything intact over the decades following his death. It's now a bustling brewing complex offering everything from fine dining underground in The Catacombs to murder mystery dinners, ghost tours, and a museum.
4. King George II Inn, Bristol
Opening in 1681, King George II is the oldest continuously operating inn -- not just in Pennsylvania, but in the entire country. Tired travelers always need to eat, so we can only guess how many decades they've been serving up much-needed comfort food.
5. The General Warren Inne, Malvern
For a special occasion or event, the elegant General Warren Inne will not disappoint. This fine dining restaurant and historic B&B has also often been a stage for important events over the years, doubling its charm.
6. Blue Bell Inn, Blue Bell
Blue Bell Inn has been welcoming weary guests since 1743. Back then it was called White Horse Inn and welcomed no other than George Washington himself. It became Blue Bell in 1796. You might think the inn would be named after its hometown, but this place was so influential that it was actually the other way around.
7. Dobbin House Tavern, Gettysburg
Guests rave about the delectable dishes served in this delightful historic-home-turned-restaurant. The stone house dates back to 1776, and free tours are offered for curious guests.
8. Broad Axe Tavern, Ambler
Broad Axe Tavern claims to be America's oldest tavern, with a history that dates all the way back to 1681.
9. William Penn Inn, Gwynedd
This inn, established in 1714, now offers upscale dining and is makes a beautiful wedding venue.
10. Logan Inn, New Hope
This inn, which opened way back in 1727, claims to be one of the five oldest inns in the country. It now specializes in steak, seafood and New American dishes.
Have you visited any of these historic eateries? Do you have any other favorites that have stood the test of time?