Occupying one of Bradford's most beautiful architectural landmarks, Beefeaters Restaurant strives always to deliver an exceptional dining experience befitting the legacy and grandeur of the Carnegie Library.
Established in 1901 with a gift of $30,000 by Pittsburgh philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, the library's storied history stretches back to 1879 with the formation of the Free Library in Bradford.
Operated by the Bradford Library Association, which had managed a reading room on Congress Street for 22 years, the Free Library quickly accumulated 3,000 volumes in its first few years. Meanwhile, the School Library -- funded through city taxes -- had amassed more than 3,800 books.
The two collections would then be consolidated and housed in the new Carnegie Library, built in 1901 on land donated by the City of Bradford in the late 1800s. The lot, located at the corner of Corydon and Congress streets, had formerly been the site of the second City Hall building, which was constructed in 1883 and destroyed by fire in 1894. For a time, the city considered building a central fire station on the vacant plot, but eventually relented and gave the property to the library association.
In 1900, the building contract was awarded to William Hanley of Bradford in the amount of $23,587.95 and was under roof in 10 months. The design of the new structure was taken from one of three plans Carnegie approved for his libraries worldwide. Carnegie's gift came with two requirements: a location that ensured "good light" at the library and a guarantee from the city that the library would be maintained at a cost of $3,000 a year.
The library persisted for 90 years until 1991, when the library board was required to meet new building and structural codes and voted to construct the Bradford Area Public Library on West Washington Street. After sitting vacant for nearly two years, the Carnegie building was purchased and renovated into a restaurant and lounge.
Today, Beefeaters at the Historic Carnegie Library continues to honor this heritage, welcoming all to savor a fine meal and drinks in a cozy atmosphere preserving the landmark's literary past.
Beefeaters & Carnegie's, Inc. are registered in the National Register of Historical Sites which sits in the City of Bradford's Historic District.
Join us after dinner on Thursday evenings for live music and happy hour from 7-10pm. Check out our Facebook page for more details on who's playing!
We Proudly Serve the Best Beef & Seafood in the Area!
Stop in for lunch and try our famous "Beef on Weck"!
Join us for dinner and order our famous Prime Rib, seasoned with our hand crafted rub, slow roasted and cut to perfection!
We love our customers, so feel free to visit during normal business hours.
27 Congress Street Bradford, Pennsylvania
Monday - Saturday: 11am - 10pm