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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.

The closing of the in South Whitehall after 42 years was "traumatic, like a death in the family," owner Cliff McDermott said in a Morning Call story.

He said revenue from the historic restaurant had been declining for years but he put off 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. 

pea brain August 31, 2012 at 11:51 PM
anyone think the owners (Clifford G McDermott) criminal charge in January and subsequent conviction at trial in March of this year for harassment had anything to do with this???
pea brain August 31, 2012 at 11:51 PM
mark, you also forgot convict....
PerezEd December 11, 2012 at 12:22 AM
The place with all the Obama signs? How did that work out for you? 40 years of success, undone in 4 by your boy. Well earned, sir.
mike schlicher December 14, 2012 at 02:46 AM
wHAT A DICK PEREZED
mike schlicher December 14, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Oh I'm sorry it has a head on it

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