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The Main Line is in a Restaurant Boom

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Snap Kitchen//Photo courtesy of Snap Kitchen.

For months, many area eateries have had us anticipating their openings. We’ve been looking forward to the influx and now several have finally opened their doors. In addition to new openings, some establishments will be undergoing expansions in the coming months, as well.

MOD Pizza//Photo Courtesy of MOD Pizza.

Now Open

The much-anticipated Snap Kitchen Malvern outpost is scheduled to open on Saturday, Feb. 27. Snap Kitchen offers a menu with a selection of breakfast, lunch and dinner meals designed by a classically trained chef. The meals are scratch-made daily and chilled to preserve freshness and flavor. With more than 40 options ranging from bison quinoa hash and grass-fed lamb lasagna to crispy Scottish salmon and eggs, Snap offers something for just about everyone. Menu items will be made in Snap Kitchen’s 8,500-square-foot commissary in Fishtown. 5 S. Morehall Road, Malvern, www.snapkitchen.com.

Washington-founded chain MOD Pizza already has two locations in Wayne (in the Gateway Shopping Center at 289 E. Swedesford Road and at 522 W. Lancaster Ave.). At MOD, customers construct their own pies with a choice of sauces (red, white, pesto, BBQ or a garlic rub), cheeses (mozzarella, Parmesan, Gorgonzola), meats (salami, Canadian bacon, anchovies and others) and an array of veggies. Now, another local MOD Pizza has opened, this time in Glen Mills at the Brandywine Mills Shopping Center. 1751 Wilmington Pike, Glen Mills, www.modpizza.com.

Restaurant 51 Tap & Spirit recently opened in a former firehouse in downtown West Chester. The menu features an array of casual comfort foods ranging from brisket, turkey and fried bologna sandwiches to burgers, salads and flatbreads. Entrée selections include mushroom Asiago chicken, Sriracha baked salmon and porter-braised beef short ribs. There is a serious cocktail menu as well as a well-curated craft beer list. 30 N. Church St., West Chester, (484) 887-8004.

Restaurant 51 Tap & Spirit//Photo by Ed Williams.

Coming Soon

Though still under construction, Bryn Mawr Village is shaping up to be a culinary hotspot. Bryn & Dane’s (opening June) and La Colombe will join the shopping center, along with Zavino Hospitality Group, which recently announced plans to open a third location of its casual pizza and wine bar. The 5,000-square-foot restaurant will be much larger than both of the previous ventures in Philadelphia and likely opening in September. The space, a former truck garage, boasts 23-foot ceilings and plans are in the works to include live trees inside and skylight windows. 900 block of W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, www.zavino.com.

Brick & Brew, with a current location in Havertown, has started construction on new digs in Media, in the now-shuttered Plumstead Inn. We love the extensive craft beer offerings, comfort food menu and brick oven pizzas. 26 W. State St., Media, www.bricknbrewpub.com.

Just days after Victory Brewing Company announced it was forming a craft beer alliance with Southern Tier Brewing Company under parent company Artisanal Brewing Ventures, another local brewing icon has formed a partnership that will allow for growth. Iron Hill Restaurant & Brewery, with locations in Media, West Chester, Ardmore, Chestnut Hill, Phoenixville and more, has announced that it has struck a deal with investment firm A&M Capital Opportunities. Iron Hill hopes to open 20 or more locations along the eastern seaboard over the next four years.

Station Taproom is expanding its craft beer with the announcement of plans to open Bottle Room next to its current location. Bottle Room will boast a serious selection of craft and import bottles, draft beer for in-house consumption, growler and crowler fills to-go and a small menu with a focus on local cheeses and charcuterie. 209 W. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown.