King George II Inn to reopen Aug. 21

The restaurant at Bristol Borough’s historic King George II Inn, which closed abruptly in May 2010, will reopen on Aug. 21, co-owner Mary DeMenczuk said Friday.

As soon as she received final approval from the county Board of Health on Friday, DeMenczuk and her husband, Len, decided to open the rear patio and enclosed porch overlooking the Delaware River for the borough’s boat parade and fireworks scheduled that day. They’ll serve crab cakes, burgers and sandwiches, and guests can bring their own drinks, including beer and wine, DeMenczuk said.

All of the restaurant’s dining rooms will open with a full menu on Aug. 29, DeMenczuk said, but she does not expect to have a liquor license till mid-September. Till then, diners will be offered “virgin Margaritas – they can bring their own booze” or a complimentary glass of red or whire wine, she said.

The King George II is considered one of the oldest continuously-run inns in the country, dating to 1681. George Washington slept there, long before he became president. Tenants continued to live in rooms and apartments on the second and third floors of the landmark building while the restaurant was closed.

The DeMenczuks owned and operated the inn for 25 years before selling it and retiring in 2004. They rebought it in May at a sheriff’s sale for $1,000, taking over the morrtgage balance of about $689,000.

On Friday, the couple savored a drink celebrating their successful three-month renovation of the inn. And Mary DeMenczuk said she was looking forward to opening Aug. 21 from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. and hosting some of the thousands of people expected at the borough’s joint festivities with Burlington, its neighbor across the river.      

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