King George Inn Closing 'Traumatic,' Owner Says
Cliff McDermott, who ran the historic South Whitehall restaurant for 42 years, says it was a victim of changing trends in dining and a weak economy, the Morning Call reports.
He said revenue from the historic restaurant had been declining for years but he put off closing his business out of pride. While the weak economy played a role, McDermott lamented that he failed to keep up with the times.
For example, while his restaurant still used linen table clothes and napkins that cost $1,200 to launder, more people today are choosing the casual dining atmosphere of the grille and pub variety, he said.
The landmark restaurant at Cedar Crest and Hamilton boulevards had a storied history, serving weary travelers as a crossroads tavern even before the Revolutionary War. Built in 1756, it has been designated a National Historic Site by the National Park Service.