Last week I was lucky enough to be was invited to tour Victory Brewing Co.’s new Parkesburg Brewery. The new facility is located about seventeen miles from the original Downingtown brewery and brewpub. The new brewery is more than 140,000 square feet on 42 acres in Chester County. The capacity in Parkesburg is 225,000 barrels annually, more than double that of Downingtown. In the future, the new plant will be able to output 500,000+ barrels per year. And it isn’t like Victory is exactly small now, The Brewers Association ranked Victory as the number 26 craft brewery in the United States in 2012 (the most recent numbers available and Victory grew by 10.4% in 2013) and with Parkesburg fully operational, significant growth is on the horizon.
The Great American Pub which already has locations in Conshohocken, Wayne and West Chester is looking to open in Phoenxiville The Philadelphia Business Journal has the story on purchase of 148 Bridge Street and its plan to convert the Victorian building.
Great American Pub to open in iconic Phoenixville building [Philadelphia Business Journal]
Great American Pub [Official]
Lest its period architecture and grassy surroundings fool you, this Queen Anne Revival — built in 1900 — is not at all far from the hustle and bustle of town life. It’s practically at the center of Phoenixville and has a WalkScore of 92.
The home was recently restored, and some of its more notable features include arched openings connecting to a turret of sorts; a farm-style kitchen; and original curved windows. High ceilings and wood flooring, as well as a carriage house turned garage, give the home more Victorian flair.
Before we get into the historical aspect of Waterford Farm’s interior, let’s take a moment to appreciate its vast acreage, which is enough to encompass a pond and the Muddy Run stream. No wonder the current owners use it for eventing!
Located on approximately 80 acres of hilly land, the farm has eventing fences and an an outdoor sand ring for equestrian activities. There’s also a dressage ring, horse walker, and 12-stall bank barn with a tack room and wash stall.
Inside the 18th-century farmhouse, impressive views of the property from the living room could leave anyone speechless.
MacGregor Mann, who was chef de cuisine at Amada has returned to the area. Michael Klein is reporting that Mann is opening a BYOB, Junto in Chadds Ford. Junto promises “Pennsylvania-sourced ingredients prepared with a blend of old world techniques and modern cuisine knowledge.”
Mann is predicting a Spring opening for Junto but today you can find him at Fairmount’s La Calaca Feliz. Like Feliz owner Tim Spinner, Mann was often seen on Jose Garces’ Iron Chef teams.
Garces alum opening a BYOB [The Insider]
NBC 10 reports that Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan is accusing the Coatesville School District of dragging its feet on his investigation into the racist texts that ended the careers of two administrators there.
First Madewell–J. Crew’s sister store–chose Walnut Street for its newest location. And now J. Crew Factory–the store’s outlet–comes to the ’burbs.
The commercial real estate group PREIT has announced that the Factory will open at the Plaza Shops at Plymouth Meeting Mall in the fall. Imagine: 6,000 square feet of J. Crew–but less expensive.
This beautiful stone farmhouse, built between the 1760s and the 1780s, is an exquisitely renovated residence that retains much of its historic character. The wide-plank floors are original, as is much of the woodwork that surrounds the windows and doors. Even details that have been added more recently–such as a beamed ceiling–pay tribute to the home’s period origins.
There is something endearingly goofy to me about operations that try to make us feel better about our terrible eating habits simply by attempting to make the foods we shove in our snack holes healthier for us. At Farmer’s Road, they make the argument that it isn’t the drive-thru itself that’s bad, but the stuff generally available there. Here, you can order a breakfast sandwich made with all-natural eggs, a whole-wheat bun and locally sourced scrapple, or a stadium hot dog made with an all-natural grass-fed beef dog, low-sodium mustard, low-sodium sauerkraut and a rye pretzel hot-dog roll, with sweet-potato chips on the side, a vanilla-protein-and-skim-milk root-beer float to quench your thirst, and vegan krispy-rice treats for dessert. There are salads, edamame,
burgers and wraps, bento boxes for the kids … and the surprising thing about the place is that nothing tastes as tiresome as the menu seems determined to make it sound.
Farmer’s Road Drive Thru
210 Painter’s Crossing, Village at Painter’s Crossing Shopping Center
Chadds Ford, PA
First appeared in the September, 2013 issue of Philadelphia magazine.
Come celebrate August’s favorite harvest, the heirloom tomato, with live music, a salsa making contest and a special chef’s tasting menu at Terrain’s Heirloom Tomato Festival. The event takes place on Saturday, August 17th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The chef’s special tasting menu will be served that evening in the dining room.
The festival includes a marketplace featuring Terrain’s favorite local vendors and specially crafted American-made goods. Enjoy carved, edible tomato centerpieces while listening to live music from singer/songwriter Chris Bruni. Learn about heirloom tomato history from tomato expert Tim Mountz while feasting on delicious tomato treats including sun dried tomatoes and McClure’s Bloody Marys.
Heirloom Tomato Festival [Terrain]