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Nominated for: BEST New American
Some locals fondly remember The Washington House as a rock and roll bar in the seventies. Customers dressed in leather, rode their motorcycles both to, and through, the restaurant to the rhythm of live bands. Eventually, in 1981, the W.H. was abandoned and considered beyond repair. It was sold at Sheriff's sale to a group of concerned neighbors who operated" The Scoop" ice cream parlour for a year before reopening it as a restaurant, bar, and boarding house.
It was bought by the Quigley family in 1985 and has gone through a major restoration. Today, William Quigley and his wife Elayne Brick share the challenges of running a busy restaurant.They've put together a history of the hotel and how it grew with the town. Those interested in knowing more can take the self guided tour which starts in the center hall of the restaurant.