Located on the site of one of the earliest houses in Gettysburg, The Parrot continues a tradition of hospitality, which began in 1850 with the Mrs. Schwartz's Oyster Parlor. The Oyster Parlor operated for eight years and then was converted to a private residence. During the Battle of Gettysburg, the residence was said to have housed "A good many surgeons," so it may have been used as a field hospital at the time. Mr. E. H. Minnigh opened a confectionary store here in 1868 and served those delicacies until his death in 1903.
In 1920, the then-remodeled candy shop opened as the Blue Parrot Tea Room. Situated on the famous transcontinental Lincoln Highway (US Route 30), The Blue Parrot Tea Room quickly developed a national reputation. The Blue Parrot Tea Room continued to operate as the Adam's House Tavern.
In 1988, Holly Giles, Gary Yount, and Chef Allison Giles purchased the historic building. With an appreciation for the tradition of fine dining and their interest in the preservation of old town Gettysburg, they opened The Blue Parrot Bistro. Known fondly by Gettysburg locals as: The Parrot, The Blue Parrot Bistro continued as a local staple.
Now, in 2017, the torch has been passed again. New owners Gus Zucco and Hilary Styer-Zucco continue the tradition of a casual atmosphere with a fine, classic twist. Whether you are here to enjoy a fine dinner or sit back and enjoy a brew from the tap, you are always welcome here at The Parrot.