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Tavern on the Square to close permanently on Oct. 3

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The Tavern on the Square

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.-- Saturday will mark the final day for the Tavern on the Square in New Wilmington as the owner has announced they are closing.

Owner Todd Ulicny revealed the announcement to the New Castle News in a report published last week. He and Alma Ulicny took over the local landmark restaurant in 2018. 


Last year, Ulicny helped campaigned and change the New Wilmington borough ordinance that banned alcohol sales. The Tavern is currently the only business in town with a state liquor license.


The Tavern's Facebook page says the building was built in 1849 as a home. A restaurant opened it in 1931. It's remained a destination for local residents, alumni, students and their families for decades. Many former undergraduates from Westminster have held part-time jobs at the Tavern over the years.


We don't know if the current owner will attempt to reopen in the future or if it will be sold. The Tavern has had several owners. However, the pandemic crisis now weighs heavily on the financial viability of the business as COVID-19 and the occupancy limits have forced many small restaurants in Pennsylvania to close.

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