The Inn at Moselem Springs Restaurant and Tavern, in Richmond Township, sold last week. The Inn at Moselem Springs Inc., owner of the restaurant, made the announcement on Jan. 22.

Diners have a chance to visit The Inn before owners close its doors on March 4.

'We hope everyone comes out to visit at least one more time,' said Thomas Roth, co-owner.

Michael Rodino, president, and Roth, vice president, reached an agreement of sale for the local landmark and 20 acres along Route 222 with Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN), based in Allentown.

The purchase price was not disclosed.

'We had been looking at our future, looking for possibilities for the property, meanwhile the hospital was looking for a property in this area,' said Roth on Friday afternoon.

LVHN approached The Inn about the agreement which has been in the works for one year, said Roth.

'This was a difficult decision for us to make, but one whose time has come,' Roth said.

Patrons, who have events scheduled after March 4, were notified. The Inn will work with them to reschedule activities at other facilities. The Inn's 50 employees, cooks, chefs, waitresses, hostesses and bus people were notified on Jan. 21 of the sale and closing of the restaurant.

'There's no question, [the economy] played a hand,' he said. 'We live in a very difficult economic and political environment with uncertain future trends. As custodians of this wonderful property we came to the conclusion that this location might better serve the community in a new format.'

Brian Downs, spokesperson for LVHN, said the health network was interested in purchasing the property to meet the health care needs of a growing and under-served area. Downs said the specific services that will be provided are still being determined.

'We are currently exploring how best to increase access to care for the residents of this area and plan to hold physician and community meetings over the next couple of months to gather input,' he said.

Downs said LVHN is committed to retaining the historic character of the 158-year-old building and will make that a priority as it considers any renovations that may be necessary to best serve patients.

'We want to honor the historical significance of the building and the property,' Downs said.

'It's a great project to be a part of,''said Roth. 'This is going to be a great asset to the community. Hopefully, the community embraces this project. I believe it will be a great neighbor, along with providing jobs for the local community.'

The property dates back to 1852. The Inn at Moselem Springs, Inc. has owned the property since 2001. Roth also co-owns Brewer's Bar & Grill, in Reading, which also serves The Inn's popular pulled pork sandwich.

'I've been in the hospitality industry all my life,' he said. 'Being people's host is very rewarding. Unfortunately, in today's economy, it's not as economically rewarding.'

Some of his fondest memories are the busiest times of the year, the holiday seasons. What he will miss most are the employees, customers and the many friends they have made over the years.

'It's the best staff I've ever had. They've been fantastic,' he said. 'We would like to thank all of our dedicated employees for their hard work through the years.'

Roth thanked the restaurant's loyal customers and friends for their support throughout the years.

'We were only too happy to share with you those special moments that happen in our lives: birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and holiday dinners with families, just to name a few,' he said. 'Seeing the smiles and joy on your faces made it all worthwhile. We were honored to act as your host, and we hope you'll stop by to see us before we close our doors.'

The Inn at Moselem Springs Restaurant and Tavern serves lunch and dinner daily and a Sunday brunch. All gift certificates will be honored up until closing.

For more information, visit at Moselem Springs Restaurant and Tavern or call 610-944-8213.

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