Pennsylvania's oldest licensed tavern is closing its doors

Hadas Kuznits
January 17, 2019 - 6:29 pm
Pennsylvania's oldest licensed restaurant and bar closes it's doors Saturday night.

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BLUE BELL (KYW Newsradio) — Pennsylvania's oldest licensed restaurant and bar closes it's doors Saturday night. 

Luke Myers, bar manager at the Broad Axe Tavern, says the new owner of the restaurant had been running this historic business for a decade now. 

"The restaurant that was here before, closed in the summer of 2001. In 2006, 2007, the renovations started but this wasn't reopened until 2009," he said. 

Myers explains as they were approaching the end of their 10-year lease, the owner of the restaurant and the landlord couldn't come an agreement, which is a shame because of the long history associated with this restaurant. 

"It was originally the Broad Axe Tavern, it's been the Broad Axe Inn, it's been one of those names since 1681," he said. 

Patrons here tell KYW Newsradio the history dates back to before the start of the Commonwealth.  

"I know that George Washington stopped in here and had a beer, I know that there's a ghost upstairs and there's a cot upstairs and there's all kinds of crazy things around here. But yeah, this has been around for a couple hundred years," said one customer. 

Myers says he'll miss not only the regulars, but the historic foodie tourists. 

"Since we're the documented oldest tavern in Pennsylvania, we have people that travel around the country to hit all the oldest bars in each state," he said.  

The Broad Axe closes Saturday night at 10 p.m.