The gift shoppe and café at the Tavern in Heathsville will re-open on a limited basis starting Thursday, May 28. The public will also find that a number of other Heathsville shops are now open.

Located inside Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern, the Tavern “Heritage Arts Center” gift shoppe and Tavern Café have been closed since mid-March due to COVID-19 health restrictions. Phase I guidelines issued by the Center for Disease Control allow non-essential businesses like the Tavern to cautiously re-open. 

A number of new precautionary steps are being taken to help keep everyone safe. The public should be prepared to wear a face mask and practice social distancing. Tavern volunteers on duty will have a regular schedule for disinfecting frequently touched items, like door knobs and railings. A “touch-less” system of paying is being instituted. Hand sanitizer will be available. 

The Tavern Café will offer a limited menu for take-out only. Anticipated menu items include soup, quiche, cookies and scones, made in the Tavern’s commercial kitchen by the volunteers of the Tavern Culinary Guild. Call-in orders are encouraged. This week’s menu will include beef stew with fresh-baked bread, quiche and salad, cookies and scones. Telephone number for take-out is 804-580-7900.

The Tavern is located at 73 Monument Place in Heathsville, which is just off Route 360 behind the old Northumberland Courthouse. Other shops in Heathsville are located directly on Route 360. For more information, call the Tavern office at 804-580-3377, or e-mail info@RHHTFoundationinc.org.

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