Wilcox Tavern, One of the Oldest Restaurants in America, is for Sale

Built in 1730, the Charlestown landmark is one of Rhode Island's oldest restaurants.

A dining room inside the Wilcox Tavern. Photos courtesy of Randall Realtors.

One of Rhode Island’s oldest restaurants is for sale. The Wilcox Tavern dates back to 1739, preceding the Declaration of Independence by thirty-seven years. Once known as the Joseph Stanton House, the Wilcox Tavern was just a house until sold to Edward Wilcox in 1811, when the Wilcox family started operating the tavern almost forty years later. Now a turnkey style restaurant with modern upgrades, the Wilcox Tavern has seating for 200 guests within its 7,000 square feet.

Located in Charlestown, Rhode Island, the tavern also operates four one-bed apartments which are separate from the structure and consume 2,600 square feet. Wilcox Tavern sits atop a hill on 2.71 acres, and is listed on the  National Register of Historic Places. The 195-seat restaurant was renovated by owner Mia Byrnes, who took over the Wilcox Tavern three years ago. She also runs Mia’s Prime Time Café in Pawcatuck, Connecticut, and managing two restaurants became too much, according to this Providence Journal story.

The property is currently up for sale and listed by Randall Realtors. You can view the listing of the Wilcox Tavern on the Randall Realtors’ website.

See more photos of the restaurant.


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