The Reincarnation of a Restaurant

Ho-Ho-Kus Inn & Tavern was constructed in 1796, used as a parsonage and first became a tavern in 1890. Fully restored in 2009 following a $1.5M-plus renovation overseen by current proprietors Gordon and Laurie Hamm, the contemporary American restaurant is a local landmark and culinary destination.
In this MRM Profile, Laurie Hamm discusses the challenges of operating a restaurant on a site listed on the National Register of Historic Places and their plans for the future. As she put it, “there are plenty of moving parts. You want to maintain the history of the space, but it shouldn’t be stuffy, like a museum.”