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Yorktown Pub Gets OK for Expansion Project

Yorktown Pub got the approval to build a new outdoor dining patio and additional restaurant. (Yorktown Pub Facebook page)

YORKTOWN — Yorktown Pub will be adding some upgrades after plans to add a covered patio and an additional restaurant were approved by the York County Board of Supervisors at their meeting on Dec. 19.

Plans approved by the supervisors include a covered patio which will add more outdoor seating at the pub. The 3,000-square-foot patio will take the place of the current tent at the restaurant — a temporary fix to add outdoor seating during the COVID-19 pandemic. The outdoor dining area will seat about 110 people.

According to a post on the Yorktown Pub Facebook page, concerned citizens spoke about changes to the pub. The owners of the pub have stated that no structural changes or upgrades are planned for the original pub building.

New restaurant 

The new restaurant, located adjacent to the pub, will be 3,500 square feet and will seat roughly 125 people. The building will have a wrap-around porch, with main access to the restaurant on Read Street. No plans for the restaurant concept or a menu have been discussed at this time.

An aerial shot of the project (Yorktown Pub Facebook page)

The Historic Yorktown Design Committee approved the covered patio and new restaurant at its Nov. 15 meeting. Multiple meetings were held for citizens to make public comments while the design committee looked at the project.

“What we’re really trying to do is we’re trying to enhance the Yorktown Village, specifically a portion of Water Street that is seemingly stuck. It’s not a new project, it’s a project that’s been worked on for over 20 years,” land owner Greg Granger said. “COVID changed many things and the world loved outdoor seating and ours was non-existent. To get to where we are today, we met with a number of groups, people, and individuals where we received feedback via email, Facebook, over the phone, we tried to acknowledge the comments and embrace the changes that were suggested. I feel like this plan accomplishes a great deal. We wanted to preserve the character of a landmark restaurant, but what we’ve done is enhanced a great restaurant without touching it.”

Concerned citizens also spoke on the issue of parking. An additional four spaces will be made along the side of the new restaurant. Public parking is also available in the parking deck in the village area. Visitors are also encouraged to use the Yorktown Trolley. Yorktown Pub has also entered into agreements to use the Alexander Hamilton Boulevard parking lot and Watermen’s Museum parking lot as additional parking for the restaurants.

Both the new restaurant and covered patio will be built to be ADA-compliant. Granger hopes to be able to open the outdoor dining portion for summer 2024. No official plans on when the project will break ground have been announced at this time.

To view the full meeting of the York County Board of Supervisors, visit their website.

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