Summer Brings Changes to the Main Line Dining Scene

Some local favorites are closing their doors and several new dining options will open soon.

Parlor Pizza//Photo by Steve Legato.

We’re sad to report that some of our favorite places to dine have closed or will be closing soon. Fortunately, there are some new options popping up that will hopefully become Main Line hot spots.


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Three Little Pigs in West Chester closed its doors on June 3 after 22 years in business. We’ll miss this breakfast and lunch staple known for stellar gourmet sandwiches, homemade breads, soups and desserts.

Say goodbye to Barren Hill Tavern, the brewpub located in the historic General Lafayette Inn. Owner Erin Wallace, who also owns Devil’s Den in Philly and Old Eagle Tavern in Manayunk, opened the venture in 2013. Remaining beers will turn up at those two locations. The property went up for sale in March and there is reportedly a prospective buyer.  

Parlor in Ardmore’s Suburban Square quietly closed in May after just 15 months in business. The Italian restaurant took the place of the also short-lived St. James. Gift cards will be honored at Rouge, owner Rob Wasserman’s restaurant in Rittenhouse Square.

It’s the end of an era in Bala CynwydThe Tavern is no more. The historic restaurant opened in 1933 and has seen a few different owners and concepts throughout the years. Nick and George Zarvalas ran The Tavern from 1974–1997 and reopened it as the New Tavern in 2002. C & R Kitchen, a kosher steakhouse in Merion Station, will be collaborating with the former owners to open Citron and Rose Tavern and Market. In addition to the current C&R Kitchen steak house menu, the spot will be serving kosher versions of New Tavern’s menu favorites and will also be home to a kosher express take-out market.


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Founding Farmers, the D.C.-based restaurant group that is partly owned by several Midwestern farmers’ unions, will be opening up in the new King of Prussia Town Center. The 14,000-square-foot restaurant will be divided on two levels, with the brand’s in-house bakery on the ground floor and the main dining room and bar on the second. It’s scheduled to open next spring.

Also coming to King of Prussia in the Village at Valley Forge is City Works Restaurant & Pour House. City Works has a strong focus on craft beer and a modern American food menu. The 8,000-square-foot stand alone building is scheduled to open in September.

A new brewpub, Tin Lizard Brewing Company, will open in Bryn Mawr at 1000 W. Lancaster Ave., but nobody’s certain when.

Conshohocken is getting two new eateries soon—Jasper’s Backyard and Tierra Caliente. Jasper’s Backyard (101 E. 7th Ave.) will feature an extensive wine list and outdoor seating and is scheduled to open in the next few weeks. Tierra Caliente will be located at Second and Fayette streets with a Mexican menu.

After falling in love with Wynnewood’s First Watch, we are excited that the breakfast brand has finally opened its Villanova outpost in the Villanova Center. Snap Kitchen has also opened in the same center.

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Sushi fans get ready—Blue Fin is coming to Bala Cynwyd. Chef Yong Kim is bringing his East Norriton stalwart sushi skills to 401 E. City Ave. in the former Chops steakhouse space later this year.

We’ve been sad since Ella’s American Bistro in Wayne closed its doors. We’ve heard that a new restaurant will be taking over the space in the coming months called Tootie’s Brasserie, but additional details haven’t been made available yet.

Our Best of the Main Line & Western Suburbs Party is July 25!