Located on the site of one of the earliest houses in Gettysburg, The Blue Parrot Bistro continues a tradition of hospitality which began in 1850 with the Mrs. Schwarz's Oyster Parlor. The Oyster Parlor operated for eight years, then was converted to a private residence. During the Battle of Gettysburg, the residence was said to have housed "a good many surgeons," so it may have been used as a field hospital during the battle. Mr. E. H. Minnigh opened a confectionary store here in 1868 and served those delicacies until his death in 1903.

In 1920, the then-remodeled candy shop opened as the Blue Parrot Tea Room. Situated on the famous Transcontinental Lincoln Highway (U.S. Route 30), the Blue Parrot Tea Room continued to operate into the 1950's when the business was sold and operated as the Adam's House Tavern.

In 1988, Holly Giles, Gary Yount, and Chef Allison Giles McIlhenny purchased the historic building. With an appreciation for the tradition of fine dining and their interest in the preservation of Old Town Gettysburg, they opened The Blue Parrot Bistro.

And now, what is a bistro? Is it casual, homey and relaxed or is it a sophisticated eatery? At the Blue Parrot, we think that both apply. Eclectic furnishings are complimented by an ever changing exhibition of artwork by local artists. Diners in black tie or blue jeans are greeted with the same friendly, unpretentious service. So, whether you are here for a cheeseburger, a beer and a game of pool, or you are here for an evening of fine dining, you have come to the right place.

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  James Gettys Hotel   27 Chambersburg Street   
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325
Tel: 717-337-1334    Fax: 717-334-2103

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