Historic Broad Axe Tavern adding outdoor dining space in effort to attract new tenant

If you drove by the historic Broad Axe Tavern at the intersection of Butler and Skippack pikes in recent days you likely noticed the construction fence wrapped around the property. Don’t worry, the structure that dates back to 1673 isn’t going anywhere. In fact, the property’s owner, TRDS Holdings, is adding an outdoor dining area off the second floor in an effort to make the building more attractive to potential restaurant operators.

The Broad Axe Tavern was last home to a restaurant from 2009 to 2019. The property had been leased and the effort to find a new tenant was hampered by the pandemic. One of the impacts of the pandemic is that outdoor dining has become an integral part of the restaurant business, thus the need to invest in an outdoor dining space.

You might think that adding the outdoor space is something new, however, if you look back at older images of the tavern you will see that it once had a covered porch.

If you are interested in opening a restaurant or having office space at the property, contact TRDS Holdings at (267) 419-1111.

Photos: Broad Axe Tavern