In 1979 the building was converted into a saloon and named Klondike Kate’s. In 1992 a fire gutted the second and third floors and consequently the building closed for many months. During repair the owners built the upstairs bar that you see today. The bar itself, along with most of the décor, is from the old Wilmington Railroad Station.
In 2005, several businessmen led by Alan Burkhard purchased Klondike Kate’s and created Delaware Hospitality, a group dedicated to providing service above and beyond what other restaurants had to offer.
After nearly 11 years as owners, Alan and his partners agreed to sell Klondike Kate's to Gilda & Gianmarco Martuscelli in late 2016. They are part of the Martuscelli Restaurant Group that owns the Chesapeake Inn Restaurant & Marina & Ship Watch Inn Bed & Breakfast in Chesapeake City Maryland. La Casa Pasta Restaurant and it's authentic Italian cuisine in Newark Delaware since 1978 is also a part of their team.
Kate's was the perfect fit and addition to to their portfolio. Guests are now able to use gift cards at all of the locations. What's even better is our frequent diner program - more info on this can be found under the VIP tab. It is a very popular frequent dining program which allows guests to frequent all of our locations and earn and redeem rewards where they wish.
After 270 years of entertaining people and serving the community, we hope that you feel the history when you walk through Kate's doors. Not just the history of a building, but the history of generations of all sorts of people that have enjoyed a meal and an ale in what was once just a log building in a small hamlet along an old Indian trail.