The United States are home to thousands of restaurants covering every type of cuisine known to man. Some restaurants withstood the test of time, changing population, and economic fluctuations with grace and dignity. These are the oldest restaurants in America.
Established in 1762, this historic site serves up brunch, lunch, dinner, tapas, and features an expansive bar selection in NY, NY.
The Griswold Inn
Rustic American fare is on the menu at this landmark in Essex, CT established in 1776.
Union Oyster House
Started in 1862, this Boston, MA historic site still serves up your fill of oysters.
This creole restaurant opened in New Orleans, LA in 1840. It is still owned by descendants of the original owner and boasts invention of Oysters Rockefeller.
Breitbach’s Country Dining
Opened in 1852, this family-run gem has survived two fires thanks to its loyal customers in Balltown, IA.
So, what sets these establishments apart? What is their secret to ultimate longevity? The answer lies in a unique combination of factors for each. Some of these factors we can see:
- Timeless design and concept
- Historical significance
- Consistency in quality
- Dedicated owner and staff
But, many of the reasons these restaurants still stand and serve are not as easy to discern. Perhaps each individual founder and owner had unique qualities and created lasting relationships. Maybe the way they make their food is unparalleled. We may never know the exact formula for creating a centuries-long culinary legacy. One thing is for sure, we have a lot to learn from these restaurants.
As you contemplate your new restaurant concept or pour through your own history, see if you have what it takes to last a couple hundred years. It’s clear legendary status hinges on the right combination of location, personality, food, and customer base. So, button up your chef coat and aim for longevity.