Buckley’s Tavern, the iconic restaurant along Route 52 just over the border in Centreville, Delaware, announced they will be closing their doors on January 15th, 2012. The tavern has occupied a house that dates back to 1817 and was the heart of the village. In a Facebook post to their customers, Chef and Managing Partner David Weir wrote:
It is with great sadness that we announce that Buckley’s Landlord has decided to not continue our Lease. The Landlord intends to renovate the building after our departure. Buckley’s Tavern will continue to operate here through January 15, 2012. We are actively looking for a new location to continue to provide our guests with our award winning food & drink. We will keep you informed of our progress. We want to thank all of our patrons and the community of Centreville for the privilege of having you and your families as our guests for more than 28 years. We especially want to thank our current staff and all those who came before for their service and dedication in creating an atmosphere where every guest felt welcome and for crafting many great memories with our guests.We wish the best to all involved and look forward to seeing everyone during our last weeks as we celebrate Buckley’s good fortune and the great friends we have made here in Centreville through the years.
Fans of the classic tavern offered condolences and offered to start a movement to petition the landlord for a lease renewal. Fans lamented the loss of the Pajama Brunch and rooftop dining. Tom Graham shared the post with friends and commented, “The end of an era. Lots of happy memories at Buckley’s. Would love to see a change of heart by the landlord.”