Warren’s Rooster Tail Inn closes
Updated 2:30 pm, Tuesday, September 15, 2015
WARREN — A pair of businesses brought new life to the center of this small town over the past few years, but that fresh energy along Route 45 seems to have dissipated.
Two of the center’s few businesses — The Warren Market and The Rooster Tail Inn & Restaurant — have closed.
Open for just 18 months, economic factors led The Warren Market to shut its doors in July 2011. Now, The Rooster Tail Inn has closed and is for sale.
Both were owned and run by Cliff and Maureen Jones.
“The only thing left of The Rooster Tail is our memories of the wonderful people who have been our guests over the years. Nothing can take that away from us. Nothing could be more important,” the Joneses wrote on the business website.
The couple held a tag sale last month. “The entire contents of the Rooster Tail is up for sale — indoor and outdoor furniture, kitchen and bar equipment, linens, towels, bedding, fitness equipment, office supplies, lighting fixtures, one-of-a-kind decorations, custom furnishings and much more,” the business’ website read.
The 1772 structure is listed through Klemm Real Estate for $1.67 million. The Joneses purchased the 2.5-acre property in 2007 for $835,000. The couple made major renovations to the property now valued at $750,400, according to town records.
The main building has 13 rooms, eight bedrooms, nine full bathrooms and three half-baths. The property has a stone party barn, gym and sauna, stone terrace and outdoor fireplace.
The house and general store — reopened as The Warren Market — had historic significance since it was built for the Rev. Silvanus Osborn, the first pastor of Warren Church. The property was then purchased by the Rev. Peter Starr, when Osborn died. It had been in the family of postmaster and general store owner Orlando Swift from 1840 to 1959.