Photo courtesy of Malvern Buttery
Avenue Kitchen’s Dana Farrell and Gregory Smith//photo by nina lea photography
In Glen Mills …
Female pacesetter Dana Farrell expands her Villanova-founded Avenue Kitchen brand in Glen Mills, in Glen Eagle Square. Expect the same stylish, approachable setup with strong food and drink programs. Opens in August.
In Conshohocken …
Local Table Market Fresh Café opened on E. 1st Ave. on June 22, featuring local, seasonal fare provided in affordable, healthy options. Guests can expect creative, flavor-packed options like grapefruit- and crab-stuffed wraps dressed in aloe-basil puree, ancient grain salads, chakra and protein shakes and wheatgrass shots. Full menu here.
In Bryn Mawr …
Verdad Restaurant and Tequila Bar has closed for renovations. Goal is to reopen by July 17, with the refresh to spruce up the interior as well as increase capacity and beer taps. Food menu will also experience some light changes.
In Manayunk …
On June 21, Tim Spinner and Brian Sirhal closed their cheeky comfort food concept, Beast & Ale, along Main Street. Reports indicate that it is closed for renovations and its employees have been absorbed into the three Feliz restaurants (Cantina Feliz, Taqueria Feliz and La Calaca Feliz). In the meantime, the duo announced that they are opening a Neapolitan-style wood-fired pizza concept, Pizzeria Felici, in Horsham in August.
La Baguette//photo by jim berman
In West Chester …
Two new restaurants recently swung open their doors in the borough’s downtown. Twelve-year resident of West Chester and Barnaby’s veteran Frank Herron partnered with Butch Eby of Joclyn’s of Media to introduce a serious whiskey bar on W. Gay St. Saloon 151, which features a wholesome slow-cooked comfort food program, also boasts a takeout six-pack shop, the Crafty Dog. Also new in town as of July 6 is Nagasaki Noodle House, in the former Spice Thai Indian Bistro home (113 W. Market St.). Expect a Japanese-centric menu with strong sushi focus.
The newer French bakery, La Baguette Magique, has closed for maintenance and in preparation for its grand opening on July 14. Party and food sampling will unfold then, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
In Phoenixville …
Bluebird Distilling officially debuted downtown on Thurs., June 25, at 100 Bridge Street. Visit Thursdays–Sundays this summer to sample site-distilled spirits, taste high-caliber cocktails and snag some bottles. Current bottle release lineup includes a white rye whiskey and a vodka. Visit the distillery on Facebook for to-the-minute details on signature cocktails and seasonal hours.
Also new in Phoenixville: The Barrel Wine Bar, unveiled May 29. Swing by for A’Dello Vineyard & Winery wines (including rare releases), wine-infused cocktails and elevated bar snacks.
As of June 17, neighbor Bistro on Bridge introduced its excursion to mead on tap. Now, find local Haymaker Meadery on tap regularly, with two lines dedicated to the product. Recent meads included strawberry-vanilla and lemon-basil varieties.
Throughout Chester County …
On July 6, Chester County Food Bank launched its Fresh2You Mobile Market, a new pilot program that aims to bring fresh food to people of every income level and in every community and, through the Food Bank’s Agricultural Program, partners with multiple food growers in the region, including Springton Manor, Pete’s Produce, Charlestown Farm and Sankanac CSA. Roaming soon: the mobile market’s actual retrofitted step-up truck stocked with seasonal produce.