Georgine’s, a restaurant, bar and banquet hall in Bristol, is for sale – phillyBurbs.com

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A little more than two years ago, Georgine’s Jr. in Bristol Township closed. And now it appears its flagship location, Georgine’s, is looking for a new owner.

A real estate listing shows the family-owned fine dining restaurant at 1320 Newport Road in West Bristol, with its bar, lounge area, dining room and banquet halls, is currently on the market with an asking price of $3.8 million.

Georgine's, a family-owned fine dining restaurant in Bristol Township, is for sale.

The decision to put Georgine’s up for sale was not an easy one, said executive chef Dave Reifsneider, who co-owns the business with one of its original founders, Michael Nagle.

“This kind of business is more a way of life. It takes so much time and over the years, you grow into it, and it grows into you,” he said.

But with Reifsneider in his 60s and Nagle in his 70s, they’ve set their sights on retirement.

“We’ve all got grandkids, and I want to spend more time with them,” Reifsneider added.

Will Georgine’s stay open?

Georgine’s will remain open and continue to book events and banquets, as they search for a buyer, Reifsneider confirmed.

In addition, he said they are looking to sell to someone who is willing to keep Georgine’s going.

“Our intent is to get a restaurant owner to come in and keep it the same, so we can protect our employees who have been here a long time and our customers who have been coming for a long time,” Reifsneider said.

“It would have to be the right person and we’re in no rush whatsoever.”

What is included in the real estate listing?

The listing agent is Michael Riccardi and the posting seems to market the sale as an opportunity for a new restaurant owner to come in and takeoever.

“The Restaurant during Holidays, ie. Easter, Mothers Day, Thanksgiving, New Years, etc. are completely booked serving about 800 dinners each and turn away those attempting to book later,” the post reads. “Absolute turn-key operation and the concept with a new Owner should not change.”

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While the listing does not refer to Georgine’s by name, it touts it as ” a very large, very well known and popular, long standing, well respected facility for over forty years,” with event bookings over a year out, recent renovations that cost over $200,000 and a takeout beer and lottery shop.

It reads ” …just selling beer, sales are for this spot is 10-12k per week, plus lottery. This building is equipped with a wood burning pizza over, grill, etc. This spot alone could greatly increase profits especially nothing in the immediate area offering this (those who come in for beer will buy if operating), which is rare and when advertising and the well known name of this business has the potential to do gang busters.”

A brief history of Georgine’s

First opened in 1977, Georgine’s was founded by two brothers, Roy and Michael Nagle, who named the restaurant after their mother, according to the Georgine’s website.

“The restaurant was started as a small West Bristol neighborhood bar and soon became an icon to everyone who dined out because of the Continental menu, large portions, and reasonable prices,” it reads.

Throughout several expansions, including the addition of its four banquet halls and the opening of Georgine’s Jr.on Route 413 in the early 1990s, the business remained in the Nagle family.

In the early 2000s, as Roy battled health issues, he approached Reifsneider, a former employee who Roy mentored early on, to take over his half of the business.

Since then, the two, along with their spouses, Kim Nagle and Rosie Reifsneider, have kept Georgine’s going to this day.

Why did Georgine’s Jr. close?

Citing staffing issues, the family decided to close Georgine’s Jr. in December 2021.

“We just can’t find enough workers,” Executive Chef Dave Reifsneider told the Courier Times in a 2021 interview. “It’s all sorts of positions — wait staff, cooks, everything.”

“We can’t make it work with the two locations and the people we have,” he said.

The former Georgine’s Jr. property was purchased a year and a half later for $795,000 by Stalmed International, LLC, a company based in Hockessin, Delaware, and specializing in medical devices, according to its website.

Last July, Stalmed submitted a use and occupancy application to Bristol Township, outlining plans to open a business called Best Harvest Greens, a restaurant, bakery and grocery store, offering takeout dinners and a drive thru. 

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Reporter Michele Haddon covers local news, small business, economic development, community revitalization, art and culture for The Intelligencer and Bucks County Courier Times at PhillyBurbs.com. Please considering supporting local journalism with a subscription.

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