Exclusive: General Lafayette Marches Towards Center City


The venerable General Lafayette Inn in Lafayette Hill is looking for a second location in Center City.

Owner/brewmaster Chris Leonard tells us via email that they’re on the hunt for the right location. The beery details, in his own words:

It would not be a brewpub, per se. It would be The General Lafayette Tiedhouse – an upscale gastropub specializing in General Lafayette beers (anywhere from 6-10 on tap and in bottles) – along with other craft beer – mostly local and draft. We would also continue our focus on fresh food made with as many local ingredients as possible. We would likely offer dinner and weekend brunch.

Leonard also tells us that the GL will be bottling two of its brews, the Abbey Blonde and Abbey Brune ales in limited quantities, starting this summer. Sounds magnificent to us.

Since it doesn’t have a location yet, we thought we would help it along with an audience participation version of Restaurant Yenta. Where would YOU, the craft-beer-loving public, like to see the General Lafayette Tiedhouse put down roots? Is the Broad Street Diner too absurd or just absurd enough?

Comment away…

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  • NaTe

    Anywhere near Fairmount would be great. Fairmount has a strong beer scene and seems able to support even more.

    Seems like a neighborhood type place, not suitable for Broad Street, Old City, etc.

  • Drews

    I second the Fairmount location. There is pleanty of room to fill in the gaps on Fairmount Ave. from 18th st. and on down to the west….

  • startfunkel

    i say somewhere on girard in the olde kensington/yorktown section. there is a lot of vacant real estate there. and theres already a few established restaurants in the area (tiffin, las cazuelas, taco riendo, etc) which proves that the neighborhood can sustain a variety of establishments (in terms of price range and cuisine)…

  • Yips

    Exclusive? Every restaurant owner is “looking for a second location.” Save the hyperbole and self-promotion for REAL information.

  • kevin

    The broad street diner would be an awesome location [for me]

    Very exciting – driving out to Lafayette Hill is a chore, but their beer (especially the Chocolate Thunder) is great.

  • Bob

    Yeah, cause thats what Fairmount needs more of, beer bars. I lived in Fairmount for years and you can’t walk 20 feet w/o stumbling into a place with craft beer all over the taps. Brigids, Aspen, London, Rembrandts, the Collar, Belgian Cafe, St. Steves… need I go on? Share the wealth! I’d say possibly W. Philly, maybe take over the old Millcreek location. Or maybe E. P’unk, there seems to be a good scene going there and a good beer pub could only help. The S. Broad Diner locale is a pretty solid spot too…

  • Marko

    East Passyunk duly seconded, Broad Street Dinner local would need to be a complete tear down and build of something the place just doesn’t scream G.L. though the easy access to the BSL does open it up to ease of access. Still should be in more of a “spot” though Devil’s Den isn’t that far from Broad Street Diner …. strength in numbers.

  • I think that Fairmount would be the obvious choice. It’s the best location to attract tourists and locals. I see this as a potentially huge boon to the city.

  • LupulinGirl

    How about somewhere in WashWest? With the influx of population thanks to the new condos and renovations, we’re desperately in need of a decent beer bar… something with more substantial food than Tria but less frat-tastic than McGillin’s.

  • M Dunleavy