Boiling Springs Tavern will soon have new owners
A landmark restaurant in Cumberland County will soon have new owners.
Longtime owners Geoff and Debi Keith, who have operated the Boiling Springs Tavern near Children's Lake in Boiling Springs for 31 years, have decided to sell the restaurant to South Middleton Township residents Terry and Kathi Rickert.
"Selling the tavern has been one of the most emotional and difficult decisions my husband Geoff and I have ever had to make," Debi Keith said.
The Rickerts, who have long patronized the tavern and come from hospitality backgrounds, plan to close on the deal within three months, according to a joint news release. Once they take over, they are planning a series of renovations that will likely occur over the next three years.
That vision includes a new kitchen, renovated dining room and outside dining. The restaurant will not close during the improvements.
A few key pieces will remain unchanged, according to the owners. That includes the bar. The management team and staff also will not change.
The Rickerts have hired DAS Architects in Philadelphia to help with the design. The Boiling Springs Tavern was built as a hotel, opening in 1832. Anheuser-Busch purchased the tavern under the direction of its founder, Adolphus Busch, and owned the building from 1902 until Prohibition in 1920.
The Keiths purchased the property in 1986 while Geoff was working as a bartender and Debi as a server at Camp Hill Casa Rillo.
"This is our child and as good parents we know it is time to let the tavern continue to grow and develop with us as its cheerleaders," Debi Keith said. "The new owners have the depth and passion to do what is necessary to prepare the tavern for the next 100 years-plus."
The Rickerts have asked the Keiths to stay on and help with the future development of the tavern. The Rickerts also are developing the Old Anglers Lodge in Mt. Holly Springs, which is scheduled for construction in 2019.