FYI: Surprising Origins of the term “Bar & Grill”

On July 12th, 2014, I signed up for the $13 tour of the Colonial Complex in downtown York, PA.   Taking the tour turned out to be a great decision and well worth the cost.  The complex of three historic buildings include the “Golden Plough Tavern” (dating from 1741 and below left), the General Horatio Gates house (dating from 1751 and below right)

IMG_3423The tour also include a reproduction of the original colonial era York Court house where representatives of the 13 original colonies got together over 9 long months of debate to craft the “Articles of Confederation”  (Betcha didn’t know that York played an important role in the history of the USA! <Wink>)

IMG_3393The inside of the courthouse as it was during the drafting of the Articles of Confederation.


An incredibly knowledgeable young woman and grad student gave us a great tour of all three buildings (which our heads swimming with facts!  Below she explained how different types of candles were made during colonial days in York)



The innkeepers’s bedroom


The table in the small “Golden Plough” tavern

The one factoid that particularly stood out and blew me away though was our guide’s insight into the true origin of the term “Bar & Grill”!   She explained that the small bar in the corner of the “Golden Plough” had strong “grills” that could be let down and locked tight at night when its owner went to bed so that they didn’t have to worry about someone breaking into and stealing any of their booze!   You can see the “grills” in the photo below when they’re hinged up and hanging from the ceiling.   (And I bet you thought like me that the “grill” in “bar & grill” had something to do with BBQ charcoal grill that you cooked steaks and burgers on, eh???   Now you know better!!!  <Smile>)


FACTS:    York, PA Colonial Complex – 250 E. Market Street;  ;  Tours offer typically on the hour between 11 am and 3 pm


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