York City gets a speakeasy at the King George Club

Jason Addy
York Dispatch
  • The King George club opened on Friday.
  • The "underground" club is located below Tutoni's on North George Street.

More than 80 years after the end of the Prohibition Era, York City again has its very own speakeasy.

The King George club had a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Friday, with live entertainment from local jazz trio A.J. Myers, Andy Alonso and Tench Tillman.

The underground speakeasy bar and lounge — located under Tutoni’s Restaurant at 108 N. George St. — features a menu of Prohibition-era and historically inspired cocktails, said Allison Witherow, director of marketing and events for Tutoni’s.

“For our King George cocktail program, we are expanding on our scratch-bar concept and transporting Prohibition-era libations with a modern-day twist,” bar manager Mandy Schriver said in a news release.

An interior wall shot of The King George Club  located in the basement below Tutoni's at 108 North George Street Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016. The club hours will be from 4 p.m. to late Thursday, Friday and Saturday's. Amanda J. Cain photo

The King George has a capacity of about 30 people, with plush seating, dim lighting and candles along the walls to create an “Old World Vegas feel,” Witherow said.

Tutoni's and The King George Club owner Toni Calderone, of York City, poses for a portrait in her new club located in the basement below Tutoni's Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016. The club hours will be from 4 p.m. to late Thursday, Friday and Saturday's. Amanda J. Cain photo

“We’re extremely excited to be able to open The King George. It’s been a vision of mine for a few years now, and I can’t wait to show the final product to the community,” Toni Calderone, owner of Tutoni’s and The King George, said in a news release. “We have been working hard to create a lounge-type atmosphere that elicits feelings of Old World Vegas.”

Natalie Williams, a small-business liaison with Downtown Inc., said the opening of The King George is “particularly exciting,” and she expects The King George to be very successful thanks to its “relaxed, private environment.”

The club will eventually become a members-only establishment.

A vintage chandelier sits in The King George Club located in the basement below Tutoni's at 108 North George Street Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016. The club hours  will be from 4 p.m. to late Thursday, Friday and Saturday's. Amanda J. Cain photo

Members will receive a complimentary cocktail upon their arrival at the club and are allowed to bring a guest, Witherow said. Members also will have exclusive access to a “rotating cast of entertainers,” including jazz trios and lounge singers, Witherow said.

Membership will be capped at a later date to keep the club exclusive and to ensure its members have regular access, Witherow said.

Those who are interested in becoming a member of the club can inquire in person or visit www.thekinggeorge.club to fill out a contact form, Witherow said.

The King George will open at 4 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.