July 13, 2011 —
The Tom Quick Inn has seen its ups and downs in recent years, opening and closing a little too often. But that’s all going to stop, according to George Lutfy, the son of Pam and Dick Lutfy, who ran the inn for 28 years.
“We are restoring it to its former grandeur,” Lutfy said. “People need to come and see the transformation. It’s very exciting.” The family has hired a full-time manager who will handle the day-to-day operations, with George Lutfy acting in the capacity of a special consultant.
“We’ve done a ton of repairs and refurbishing since it had fallen in disrepair while it was closed,” he said.
After a 10-year hiatus, the family held a “soft opening” on July 7, not the official ribbon-cutting event, but a trial run to discover any kinks in the plan, he said. He didn’t say when the official opening will be held.
The inn, which has 14 guest rooms each with a private bath, is now open for business every day. The restaurant will serve lunch and dinner every day but Monday, from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.
The inn’s website is still under construction, he said.
In January of 2007, the inn was condemned, ruled as unsafe and closed by the township building inspector.
The Tom Quick Inn was built in 1882 when two contiguous structures were fused into one. The three-story Victorian hotel was known as much for its quality rooms as it was for its popular bar.
George Lutfy said the liquor license will arrive next week.
The inn is named after the legendary local figure, Tom Quick, who was initially lionized as an Indian killer. Some accounts of his exploits made him into a local hero, although the Native American clan of the Leni Lenape, who originally peopled the area, frequently expressed their disapproval for a local statue of Quick that stands nearby.
Because the legend on the statue base contains the word “savages” to describe the persons Tom Quick is alleged to have killed, up to 99 by some accounts, members of the Lenape tribe are opposed to the statue’s display. Scholars and historians recognize the monument’s plaques as historically incorrect in several other places.