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Publick House



Our story begins with our passion for great family gatherings which always took place around our dinner table with great food and wine.

Over 35 years ago, it was our desire to share our passion with others by opening up a local Italian pizzeria and restaurant in Cedar Knolls, New Jersey. With hard work and dedication, our vision of providing excellent food and service to others gradually grew to include other restaurants in the Morris County area. In 2006, we decided to share our family tradition in the Chester area and surrounding communities by restoring a great historic, gathering place. We believe that the combination of this beautiful building and our experience with exceptional food, wine, and entertainment make The Publick House an ideal place to gather with your family and friends. Let our family of managers, servers, and chefs welcome you to The Publick House as a place to create your very own memories and traditions.

Our History

Built in 1810 by Zephaniah Drake, this beautiful brick structure served as a hotel and tavern in the heart of Chester. Mr. Drake was a proprietor of the first line of stage coaches, making the tavern a famous Publick House and stagecoach stop between New York and west to Pennsylvania.

Acquired in 1854 by William Rankin, a well known educator, the Inn served as the Chester Institute, a classical college preparatory school. Shortly after (1862), the Hotel and Tavern were reopened by Daniel Budd. Several proprietors, since, maintained the structure and continued to run the Hotel and Tavern.

In the 1900’s, she was registered under the National Historic Registry as an historic American building. Ever since, she has served as a “Publick” gathering spot once again in the heart of our community – memories and many tales indeed have been made! Age and time took a toll on the building and forced her recent closing. Working with Studio G2 Architects in Bernardsville the Lubrano family preserved and reopened her, including replication of the original two-story porch and balcony, returning the tavern to its central “Publick” place in the community. Great strides have been made to continue her preservation as she enters her third century. This landmark building will continue to undergo gradual renovations in order to preserve the Inn and to return her to the community she has served for so long…

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Our History

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See all the "before" and "after" photos taken throughout the restoration project.