Thursday, October 1, 2015

D'Ignazio's Towne House Restaurant Releases Official Statement by the Family on the Closing of this Iconic Restaurant

I received the following statement from Fred D'Ignazio this morning.  I don't know if I could have said it any better when quoted for an article about the Towne House earlier this year.

Media lifelong resident Tedman O’Hara is a Towne House regular and has spent much time there. 
“D’Ignazio’s Towne House isn’t just one of Delaware County’s best family-run establishments, it is family,” said O’Hara. “Whether celebrating christenings, birthday parties, first dates, graduations, alumni banquets, wedding receptions or retirement dinners, as a longtime resident of the area, many of us grew up with this place and share a lifetime of special memories with our friends and family.”
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Closing of D’Ignazio’s Towne House Restaurant, Media Landmark for 63 Years

The D’Ignazio family announced on Wednesday, September 30, 2015, that their restaurant, D’Ignazio’s Towne House, will close in the latter part of December, 2015, after 65 years in business at the same location – the corner of Baltimore Pike (Route 1) and South Avenue, in Media.  The restaurant was founded by noted local businessman, Babe D’Ignazio and his wife Libby, in 1950. From its early days as a single-room bar (the Stag Bar), until its present form occupying most of a city block, the Towne House has been one of Media’s leading businesses and has employed thousands of local residents and entertained tens of thousands of customers over more than a half century in which it has done business.

The D’Ignazio family wishes to thank all of its customers and its employees for their loyalty and service for so many years. Many of the Towne House’s customers and staff members have been with the Towne House for more than 25 years. 

The restaurant will cease a la carte service in the latter part of October. 

The Towne House will stop serving banquets, weddings and other parties in late December.

The closing of the Towne House is due to the sale of the D’Ignazio’s family property on both sides of Baltimore Pike to a high-quality buyer. The D'Ignazio family is confident that this company will be a good business partner with the Town of Media and local residents.

“Our Mom, Libby D’Ignazio, passed on May 29th of this year. Our Dad, Babe, passed away on November 24, 2008,” says Fred D’Ignazio. “They were the motivating spirits of D’Ignazio’s Towne House. Once our parents passed away, all four of their children felt it was the right thing to move on. Like an athlete still in his prime, we felt it was better to make the decision now rather than to wait any longer. We make this decision with great sadness, but we feel it is the right thing to do. We want to honor our Mom and our Dad and do this thing the right way.”

On Wednesday, September 30th the Towne House staff was informed of the decision to close the restaurant by the General Manager, Joe Kirkwood. Joe, his staff, and the D’Ignazio family are now in the process of calling all their major customers and local officials to inform them of the family’s decision to close the restaurant.

For more information, please contact Babe and Libby’s four children and the General Manager of the Towne House:

Fred D’Ignazio                                   919-244-7601           
Tim D’Ignazio                                     215-760-6774           
Lisa Carnie                                           610-246-0886           
Owsley D’Ignazio                             215-520-8571           
Joe Kirkwood                                     267-251-0285           
Towne House GM


  1. Disheartening turn of events. A special place cherished by many. Most of the interior is museum worthy. Are there any plans for its artifacts? - It would also be worthwhile to have the interior professionally photographed for posterity. Hoping the new owners are 1/2 as good for Media as the D'Ignazios. Best to them!

  2. Sad to see a good place go, but hopefully the new owner maintains a vibrant restaurant and banquet business. Even if converted to another business, this could be an equally good thing for the town. We absolutely don't need any more housing in place in that area, we need more businesses.

  3. I never liked the food. Thought it was average at best. I can't believe it made it 65 years.

    1. This person no doubt voted for Barack Obama. Truly "tasteless" judgement

  4. Have you "googled" the "new owner"? If you do you will see all the developments that he has put up in surrounding areas. Looks like another office building with apartments is on its way to Baltimore Pike area. Ugh!

  5. Delco Times article:

  6. Media Man ... what an ASS_ LE comment ... Really