Modern American restaurant 1774 Grille & Tap is temporarily closed in Hellertown and it is unclear when the business will reopen.
According to messages posted on the 605 Main St. restaurant’s door and Facebook page on Wednesday, the nearly two-year-old dining establishment is temporarily closed due to “unforeseen circumstances.”
“Please check our Facebook page for updates as they are available,” the Facebook message continues. “Thank you for your patronage!”
Co-owner Kim Culver Adams, speaking in 1774 Grille & Tap’s parking lot on Friday afternoon, could not provide an estimated reopening date for the restaurant or comment on the reason or reasons for the temporary closure.
“We should know more next week,” said Culver-Adams, who operates the restaurant with her husband, Richard Adams.
The restaurant, which opened in February 2017 in the former Ricardo's Original Tavern House building, serves “a twist on modern American cuisine,” featuring fresh, locally-farmed ingredients, according to its website.
The menu changes seasonally, with fall highlights including a lump crab cake sandwich with Cajun remoulade sauce, poached pear spinach salad with candied walnuts, seared scallops with saffron risotto and baked chicken and apple roulade with butternut squash gnocchi in a brown butter and sage sauce.
"When we say upscale modern American, people automatically think it's expensive, but it's not," Culver-Adams said shortly after the restaurant’s opening. “It's quality dishes at reasonable prices in a casual atmosphere. Also, there's no dress code. Come in jeans and a T-shirt if you want."
Before 1774’s debut, improvements to the Main Street building, built in 1774 and owned by the Heller family from 1774 to 1821, included new electrical wiring, laminate flooring, pendant and recessed lighting, coffered drop ceiling and stone accent walls. A covered patio also was added.
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