Brand new and modern is cool, but old-school and historic has its perks, too.

A tavern in Newport, Rhode Island, has been in operation since 1673, making it the oldest restaurant in the country.

Walking through the front door of The White Horse Tavern is like taking a step back in time.

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The History of White Horse Tavern

Before you enter the building, the tavern on Marlborough Street has some serious curb appeal. The building is quintessential colonial Newport and a beautiful illustration of 17th-century architecture.

According to the restaurant, White Horse Tavern is the oldest operating restaurant in the country and the 10th oldest in the world. It is a National Historic Landmark that has been serving guests since 1673.

Originally constructed as a two-story, two-room residence in 1652, William Mayes Sr. converted the home into a tavern in 1673.

“For almost 100 years, this large and comfortable tavern was the meeting place of the Colony’s General Assembly, Criminal Court and City Council,” the restaurant says.

The property was acquired by the Preservation Society of Newport County in 1954 and was beautifully restored, having been saved from demolition. By 1972, it was recognized as a National Historic Landmark and placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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What to Expect at White Horse Tavern

The restaurant may be over 350 years old, but the experience is far from outdated. Expect a contemporary, culinary experience thanks to Executive Chef Kevin DeMarco as you enjoy your meal in a charming, colonial setting.

The tavern prides itself on serving fish, clams and lobsters straight from Narragansett Bay, and high-quality ingredients from local farms.

“We’re proud to embrace Rhode Island’s vibrant food scene, which made The White Horse Tavern a New England destination,” the restaurant said.

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