Now, East Branch Brewery and Estrella Tacos y Mas have a new neighbor—the one-year-young R Five Wines in the former Colonial Electric space. Owners Kieran and Kristie Robinson have created an elevated but approachable tasting venue where their West Coast brand takes center stage and the focus is on French Rhône Valley-type varietals. The wine is created in Sonoma, California, the couple’s home for 15 years. “We wanted to bring that experience back to our friends and family in this area,” says Kieran who, along with his wife, offers wine education without pretension.
As you might expect, R Five is named after the regional rail line. The well-designed interior offers a warm, comfortable setting to enjoy wine, canned and bottled beer, flatbreads and cheeses from local farms. Soft swivel bar seating and garage-type windows convey a sleek, urban feel. The space seats over 60 and is also perfect for events. Wine classes happen once a month.
206 E Lancaster Ave, Downingtown, (484) 364-4504
More Nibbles: Speaking of Downingtown, look for the recently opened De La Terre BYOB. The menu is upscale modern French, with highlights like braised lamb shank and pecan-crusted milk-fed pork loin.
47 W Lancaster Ave, Downingtown, (610) 269-2431
Baba’s Bucha’s indomitable Olga Sorzano has announced the launch of Baba’s Acid Trip, a new line of tart and tangy kombucha vinegars. An Eagles-themed flavor called “Believe” is a favorite year-round.
333 Morgan St, Phoenixville, (267) 738-1973
Recent Suburb Square addition Maman Ardmore offers seasonal sandwiches and salads. Originating in New York City, sweets include croissants, brownies and beignets to pair with an assortment of hot and cold drinks. The whimsical interior is entirely Instagrammable, and “No laptops” signs encourage conversation.
49 Anderson Ave, Ardmore, (484) 416-3295
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