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Valley Stream Inn to be Razed

The landmark restaurant and bar closed after years on being flooded by the Neshaminy Creek.

The wood paneled building has been an icon in the Langhorne section of Northampton Township for more than 50 years, but the Valley Stream Inn will soon to demolished, according to Bucks County Parks and Recreation Department Executive Director Bill Mitchell.

The same valley and the stream that patrons gazed at as they enjoyed dinner, a drink, or Sunday brunch at the iconic restaurant and bar proved to be its downfall. The Valley Stream Inn was closed for good after the Mill Creek stream filled the valley the building is situated in with several feet of water during .

Mitchell’s department is currently working to secure state and local permits so demolition of the former eatery and watering hole can begin, he told Patch Thursday.

Once the inn is demolished and cleanup of the site finished, the county will preserve the nearly 3 acre property as open space, Mitchell said. The lot runs along Bridgetown Pike and Mill Creek.

Bucks County is working to protect the Mill Creek, which runs from New Britain Township and flows to the larger Neshaminy Creek near Playwicki Park.

County commissioners approved the $230,000 federally funded purchase of the Valley Stream Inn lot in early February.

Neighbors say the owner of the inn, prior to the purchase by the county, had been trying to sell the flood-prone property for some years.

Years ago the Valley Stream Inn was the place to go for an enjoyable night out, neighbors all agreed.

In its heyday, the atmosphere on a Friday or Saturday night was “pretty wild,” according to neighbor Bill Lowney.

In recent years the popularity and level of service at the inn decreased. Disappointed customers took to websites, like Yelp.com, to voice their dismay.

As it awaits the demolition crews, the Valley Stream Inn sits with weeds sprouting up through the parking lot, busted chairs strewn about the property and several other rements of the building's former past as a happening resturant and bar spotting the ground along Mill Creek.

 

Share your memories of the Valley Stream Inn.

Tom Sofield May 31, 2012 at 08:35 PM
I remember the Sunday brunch being packed every time we went.
Jennifer May 31, 2012 at 10:31 PM
was this a restraunt?? It looks really familar.
Tom Sofield May 31, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Jennifer: Yes, the Valley Stream inn. It is located on Bridgetown Pike.
Jennifer May 31, 2012 at 10:52 PM
why is it being demolished. Is it because of flooding? or is it because the owner just doesnt want to have anything to do with it anymore?
Eric S June 01, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Um, you are aware there is an entire article describing the causes of the closure and that it was in fact a restuarant yes? Are you the same person who sits at the traffic light and waits for it to get greener before you go?
Eric S June 01, 2012 at 01:29 AM
Yes this once was a nice place to go. I live not far from it and never had a bad experience there. But for years now I waited and wondered when the end would come. It's been flooded more times than I can remember. I sure hope their serious about keeping it an open space.
Jennifer June 01, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Its ok to ask questions eric; and Tom clarefied it for me thanks
Lynda Watts December 27, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Used to play music there,once as Alexander's Ragtime Band for a few years ,then I played keyboard there for 15 years.Met a lot of great people there!
Karen h January 03, 2013 at 01:44 AM
Hope the inn is preserved as well. A shame it can not be rebuilt and elevated in some way? I am a wedding planner/florist and always looking for investment properties to buy to do weddings my way personalized . Inn is the way to go. My brother had his wedding here a few years back in tribute to my father that had passed. My father used to fish right behind the restaurant. Don't know what made me look tonight. Maybe the holidays ...maybe my dad. Was shocked to see it was torn down:(. I will keep looking. Still sad.

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