Ligonier Tavern offers elegant atmosphere in historic setting
by Karen Fetter
Visiting the Ligonier Tavern in historic downtown Ligonier offers a unique, elegant atmosphere. The full service restaurant is set in a turn-of-the-century Victorian house located along West Main Street.
“We use only the finest, freshest ingredients in all our dishes, and our service is extraordinary. We are dedicated to giving our customers complete satisfaction,” said Peter McKay, owner.
The Tavern has an extensive menu that includes appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, dinner entrees, seafood, pasta, desserts, and a kids menu. McKay said that the chef prepares outstanding fresh fish meals each weekend that have been a complete success with the public.
“We are constantly working on our menu to try to give high quality foods to our customers,” said McKay. “All meals are made fresh daily.”
There are three main dining rooms available to meet any specific need. Whether you want a fine meal or are celebrating a special event, the Ligonier Tavern has the perfect accommodations.
Also, the McKay’s have renovated the second and third floors for private dining or banquets. Jessamine’s Parlour is a very intimate room decorated in an elegant Victorian theme, ideal for parties of 12 to 16 people and perfect for an intimate dinner for two.
The Wellington Room is slightly larger than Jessamine’s Parlour and will appeal to the heart of dog lovers because it is decorated with the Labrador Retrievers, a McKay family passion. In addition, there is a beautiful adjoining balcony overlooking Ligonier’s Main Street.
“My wife and I picked certain themes to decorate these rooms based on our own preferences,” said McKay. “I think the public really enjoys them.”
On the third floor is the Ramsey Room and Attic Bar. This room has the original open-beamed ceiling with a warm and friendly atmosphere. The largest of the three rooms, it can accommodate up to 70 people, and even larger groups for popular cocktail and hors d’oeuvres receptions. The Ramsey Room also contains the Attic Bar. In the far right corner of the Attic Bar is The Turret, or Witch’s Hat. This is a popular nook for more intimate conversation. For larger events, the spacious Millcreek Hall can accommodate gatherings of up to 275 people.
In addition to the banquet rooms and dining services, the Tavern offers an in-house bakery and a quality take-out order service known as “Takers.”
“In addition to the banquet rooms and dining services, the Tavern offers an in-house bakery and a quality take-out order service known as Takers.”
- chicken pot pie
- lasagna, pork roast
- pot roast
- fried chicken
- baked Nantucket whitefish
- baked ziti
- stuffed shells
“The bakery provides desserts of all kinds including pies, cakes, cookies, and breads. Takers provides hot dinners or boxed sandwiches and fresh salads for a family of four. Sometimes families do not have the time to sit down and have a home-cooked meal together. Takers offers a well-balanced, home-style meal at a price everyone can afford,” said McKay.
Menu items for “Takers” includes: chicken pot pie, lasagna, pork roast, meatloaf, pot roast, fried chicken, baked Nantucket whitefish, baked ziti and stuffed shells.
The Ligonier Tavern has much history behind its location and building. In 1895, Mr. William J. Potts, the town’s first mayor, built his family a Victorian residence on this site. This was the first home in Ligonier with indoor plumbing. Then in 1927, Mr. And Mrs. James Calderelli, Sr. purchased the house from the Potts’ youngest child, Odie, and refurbished the building to incorporate a restaurant, bar, and lodgings for weekend visitors. The establishment was known as the Lincoln Hotel and Restaurant and survived numerous renovations through two generations of Calderellis according to McKay.
In 1976, Wally and Rita Krieger along with their six children, Heidi, Rob, Eric, Kurt, Kary, and Kris, purchased the landmark from Bunjo and Esther Calderelli. The Kriegers added the screened in porch for summer dining pleasure and Rita increased the size of the menu. Then in 1982, Heidi and Peter McKay purchased the Tavern from her family. They have extensively remodeled the building adding a solarium, 2nd and 3rd floor banquet rooms, and new kitchens. The bar was replaced with a bakery and take-out area.
“We love the Ligonier area and being in Westmoreland County,” said McKay. “We’ve had a great success here and want to continue our dedication to give our customers outstanding service.”
So the next time you are planning an event, luncheon
or just a romantic evening out, visit Ligonier Tavern.
For more information visit our website: www.ligoniertavern.com
Everything is homemade utilizing only the finest ingredients to prepare beautiful, delicious dishes.
Call 724-238-4831 to make your reservation today.