Historic Philadelphia Tavern Almost Goes Up in Smoke!

Chef Walter Staib* operates CITY TAVERN RESTAURANT in the heart of Philly. Our forefathers dined there as they worked through the difficult tasks of freeing our nation and writing our Constitution. Last week there was a fire:


Crews working around the clock to reopen City Tavern
Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

Philadelphia, PA – Damage caused by an early Friday morning fire at City Tavern was originally thought to be small. The damage though, proved to be more extensive to the exhaust systems and electrical systems within the restaurant. Although there was no fire damage to the building, which is part of Independence National Historical Park, the smoke and heat caused a great deal of damage to the wiring and exhaust systems.

The restaurant closed, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, and remains closed to the public until proper repairs are made to the electrical systems and the kitchen ventilation systems. The exterior fire started around 3:30 a.m. Friday morning when an outdoor bin of linens caught fire. The fire department responded and put the fire out within an hour, minimizing damage.

Crews are working around the clock to reopen City Tavern as soon as possible. Proprietor Chef Walter Staib hopes the restaurant will be ready to open as early as Thursday, Oct. 23. As soon as it is safe and operational to open, Chef Staib will notify press and guests.

Meanwhile, Staib thanks his staff and all the workers making it possible to clean the building and reopen it within days.
He apologizes for any inconvenience. Proprietor Chef Walter Staib is grateful to his entire staff and guests. Thankfully, no one was injured in the incident and the restaurant will reopen.

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(*Chef Staib is a four-time Emmy winning TV host of the PBS TV show, A Taste of History. He also wrote a foreword for my book, CHEF TELL The Biography of America’s Pioneer TV Showman Chef, published by Skyhorse Publishing, NYC.)


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