Tavern on the Square Sold, Reopens April 2

Tavern on the Square Sold, Reopens April 2

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – Todd and Alma Ulicny are the new owners of the landmark Tavern on the Square restaurant here. They acquired the restaurant from Joe and Sue Hougelman. Terms were not disclosed. 

The restaurant, located at 108 N. Market St. here, will close Sunday March 25 and reopen Monday April 2, during which time the new owners say they will complete “minor enhancements” to the building’s electrical and water systems.

“The Tavern is a timeless landmark in the borough of New Wilmington and a treasured favorite of locals and tourists who come to enjoy time-honored traditional and exciting new foods” says Todd Ulicny.  “When we re-open April 2, the community will continue to have access to the same menu as they have enjoyed for many years, including the BOGO Monday special menu and, of course, sticky buns.”

Guests with reservations on the books beyond the re-opening “may rest assured that their reservations will be honored,” he says, and the restaurant will resume taking reservations for special occasions. 

Gift certificates and gift cards will also be honored, he adds.

The restaurant is in a home built in 1849 by Seth Poppino, a doctor, teacher and founder of the Methodist church in New Wilmington. The Poppino family were abolitionists and the building is reputed to have been part of the Underground Railroad.

The restaurant was opened in 1931 by Cora Durrast, who attended Westminster College and saw the need to provide a place for parents to dine when they visited their college students.

“We love the Tavern exactly as it exists today,” add Alma Ulicny.  “We see ourselves as the new caretakers of this historical restaurant and we thank Joe and Sue Hougelman, the restaurant’s former owners, for their gracious support in our transition.”

Tavern on the Square Sold, Reopens April 2Todd and Alma Ulicny are the new owners of The Tavern on the Square in New Wilmington, Pa.

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