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The 20 oldest restaurants in the US

Mediafeed Logo By Daniel Bukszpan of Mediafeed | Slide 1 of 21: The restaurant business in the United States is notoriously competitive. Approximately 60% of new restaurants don’t survive more than a year in business, and 80% don’t last five years. And that was even before coronavirus caused an epidemic of restaurant closures, so even in normal times, it’s a tough racket.Despite those daunting odds, some restaurants survive and even thrive, welcoming customers for decades or even centuries. While there’s no single specific reason why these restaurants endure as others fall by the wayside, consistently good food and a welcoming atmosphere combined with a location that gets lots of foot traffic probably helps more than it hurts.The following 20 restaurants are the oldest in America. While some of them are located in cities that experience a steady stream of tourists, others are located in obscure, out-of-the-way burgs that suggest a bit of travel may be involved for many wishing to visit. Whatever the case, these restaurants have endured while others have slipped through the cracks.

These restaurants have stood the test of time

The restaurant business in the United States is notoriously competitive. Approximately 60% of new restaurants don’t survive more than a year in business, and 80% don’t last five years. And that was even before coronavirus caused an epidemic of restaurant closures, so even in normal times, it’s a tough racket.

Despite those daunting odds, some restaurants survive and even thrive, welcoming customers for decades or even centuries. While there’s no single specific reason why these restaurants endure as others fall by the wayside, consistently good food and a welcoming atmosphere combined with a location that gets lots of foot traffic probably helps more than it hurts.

The following 20 restaurants are the oldest in America. While some of them are located in cities that experience a steady stream of tourists, others are located in obscure, out-of-the-way burgs that suggest a bit of travel may be involved for many wishing to visit. Whatever the case, these restaurants have endured while others have slipped through the cracks.

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