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Pines Tavern closing after 40 years

Friday, Nov. 1, 2019

After nearly 40 years of serving customers, the iconic Pines Tavern on Bakerstown Road in Gibsonia is closing its doors tomorrow, Saturday, November 2, 2019.

The historic building began as a local watering hole for farm workers on the estate of Edward Babcock. Babcock served as the Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh from 1918 to 1922. A wealthy lumber industrialist, he owned vast acreage in both McCandless and Pine Townships, Central PA, Florida and New York. Using his own money, he purchased land for North and South Parks and created the Allegheny County Park system. Babcock Boulevard, twisting throughout Shaler, Gibsonia, Ross, McCandless and Pine Townships was aptly named for the philanthropist.

Outdoor patio at the Pines Tavern

Near Babcock’s sprawling ‘Gilded Age Estates’ near the Gibsonia/Pine Township line, the Pines Tavern was a popular gathering for farmers. After taking turns as a country market, dance hall, gas station and even a speakeasy, the Pines Tavern opened in 1978.

With over 40 years of its farm-to-table tradition, the Tavern will be closing this Saturday, November 2, 2019. Rumors of a new restaurant have been circulating on Facebook, but nothing can be confirmed.

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