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No Proposals For City Tavern

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Over the summer, the National Park Service announced they were accepting proposals from other proprietors for the space currently occupied by City Tavern, converting the current concession contract to a lease (see previous story).

Jane Cowley, Independence National Historical Park spokesperson, said the deadline to submit those proposals was Friday, September 23rd.

“Well, as it turns out, no one submitted a responsive proposal to the leasing opportunity at City Tavern.”

The current proprietor of City Tavern, Chef Walter Staib, did not even sumbit a proposal according to Cowley.

So, what happens next?

“We have concession and leasing specialists that work for the National Park Service in the northeast region who will work with the superientendent of the Independence National Historical Park. They will look into what our options are and we hope to make a decision in the near future as how to move forward,” Cowley said.

They hope for a solution for the space within a couple of weeks. Cowley said it it too soon to say anything as to whether Staib will be considered in the options.

Reported by Michelle Durham, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  • CC

    went there once, back in the early 90’s i guess it was the parks idea to serve food made of recipes in the 1700’s? there’s a reason those recipes didn’t catch on …it was horrible. i thought it was just me having some unsophisticated taste…my palet is a bit limited…but i’m willing to try things..didn’t really have much of a choice with the limited menu anyway.Then I heard the complaint from two men sitting at the table next to us. it was so bad i never had another thought to ever go back there for a meal. ended our date later in the evening by going out to a local establishment for 20th century food.

  • wayne

    Another stupid federal government plan. Everything new idea they come up with is a disaster. Thank God they don’t want to be in control of our Health Care!

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  • James

    They are closing the City Tavern ?!

    What the heck are they thinking? It may be a recreation but it is an institution. They might as well close Independence Hall too.

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