What Goes Here? The Former King George Inn

The King George Inn listing is one of the hottest commercial listings on the market now, according to Realtor Bill Plasha.



The King George Inn, a historic landmark and favorite destination for fine dining in South Whitehall, closed in August. and operated the restaurant at the corner of Hamilton and Cedar Crest boulevards.

In August, McDermott closed the restaurant abruptly - leaving a sign on the door that read: We're sorry. The King George Inn is now closed for business. Thank you for your patronage the past 42 years.

Since closing, there have been multiple offers on the property, which is listed at $1,399,000, according to Bill Plasha, chairman of the commercial group for Prudential Patt White.

"Of the 80 properties I currently represent it is the hottest," Plasha said. "There are a lot of people in the restaurant industry looking at the site - the majority of them are looking to keep the building."

The King George Inn was built in 1756, and even before the Revolutionary War, it was serving weary travelers. It has been designated a National Historic Site by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.

The land surrounding the inn, where a Burger King and video store once operated, was recently purchased by Hotel Hamilton LLC. Plasha said there are no civil engineering or design plans under way because the company will bank the land for now. He also said Hotel Hamilton has not bid on the property and has had only "very light discussion" about it "that hasn't materialized into anything." 

For more information, call Plasha at 610-398-9888.

What would you like to see locate here?

The stretch of Hamilton Boulevard where the restaurant sits has seen much recent activity. In addition to the Hotel Hamilton purchase, a new three-story medical office building is rising on Hamilton Boulevard, next door to Cali Burrito. Also in the block, another small office building will be constructed at the site of a former miniature golf business. 

Also, jeweler Charles Paul Gem Designs closed after decades at the adjacent corner of Hamilton and Cedar Crest boulevards. No plans have been announced for that site.

martin freeman December 04, 2012 at 03:05 PM
parking lot for the new big box hotel or a gentleman's club (aka strip club)
mark wood December 04, 2012 at 07:19 PM
good news, The Moaning Flaw aka(morning call) just might go out of business..sooo sorry libs and karl marx lovers your podiium is in its death spiral. Party to follow, but only for the folks who really believe in the Constitution, the rest of you , hit the road..
Deborah Smith December 05, 2012 at 05:29 AM
I hope they keep this historic building and don't find some loophole that will allow it to be torn down. It's an important part of Lehigh Valley history and should be cherished as such.
M. Cindy L Ruch Weider February 19, 2013 at 04:48 PM
I have seen it many times in the "Commonwealth of Pennsylvania" . Liars, Murderers, and Thieves have no respect for what their ancestors provided. Some idiot will probably end up mowing it down, or letting it fall into disrepair & ruin. As this was a stolen property, and the stained glass windows were not to be sold either. After all, being on the "NATIONAL HISTORICAL REGISTRY" has not stopped back-room deals by corrupt officials and those living the "Rich Life" . Because they want they take, will anyone stop the disrespectful? It would be nice to see it stand for our future pride, but, only God knows it's fate and ours.


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