Ernst and Cora Durrast were the founders of the original Tavern Restaurant, which opened in 1931. Under Cora’s strong and careful guidance, The Tavern gained a reputation for fine dining, recognized by travel guides for decades.
Tavern Founder, Craftsmanship and Community Connections
Many people still remember Cora with extreme fondness. She evokes smiles and warmed hearts when people see her picture, which sits upon the bureau in our main dining room. Another old friend of the Tavern is Dean Brooks, who is fondly remembered as the “thank you man.” Mr. Brooks astonished Tavern guests with his complete memory of the menu and customers likes and dislikes. He has become a wonderful part of the Tavern’s history.
Through the years, The Tavern was bought and sold several times. Each owner brought something new to the place. Jay and Jenny Behm commissioned the incredible artist Gib McGill to paint the beautiful murals that adorn many of the rooms throughout the Tavern. The murals have been painted in the style of Rufus Porter, a New England mural painter and inventor of the 1830’s. The murals depict local scenes and buildings of historical note. The stencils were hand painted by Cathy Williamanson, another talented local artist. They are replicas of Moses Eaton, who was a contemporary of Rufus Porter.
Some of the beautiful furniture, lighting and window treatments can be found at James Creek Galleries in Volant, PA. Gideon Kurtz is a local Amish man who built the furniture that is in both downstairs rooms. He is a very talented craftsman and a fine gentleman. The placemats are handmade by Kristen Bratton.
Part of Your Story
One final note: we want the Tavern to be part of your life story. We want you to make memories at The Tavern that will make you smile when you think of your experience with us. This is a true family restaurant and we want you to feel like you are part of the family.
-Todd & Alma Ulicny