Morning Headlines: Conshohocken Development Stalled Again

Screenshot via Google Street View

Screenshot via Google Street View

It’s been almost seven years since the Borough of Conshohocken purchased the 60,000-square-foot, three-story Verizon building on Fayette Street, but getting redevelopment of the property off the ground has not been easy.

Last week the Borough Council postponed the award of a demolition contract after concerns about a low bid from one of the four bidders, Neuber Demolition & Environmental Services, which made a “less than ideal offer” of $414,950, according to the Times Herald’s Carl Rotenberg.

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Conshohocken Brewing Co. Opens Today

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The Conshohocken Brewing Company opens to the public today at 5 p.m. The brewery and tap room is located at 739 E Elm Street, just steps from the Schuylkill River bike trail.

Co-founders John Remington and Ken Buonocore are joined by head brewer Andrew Horne.

Horne is a Villanova grad who began his brewing career at Yards Brewing before heading out west to the likes of Oskar Blues and Avery Brewing Co. Horne also took home a bronze medal for his ESB at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival. The tap room can pour up to ten beers at once. including what might be the young brewery’s flagship beer, Cascadian Dark Ale.

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Blackfish Is Hosting a Downton Abbey Dinner in 2014

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The search term Downton Abbey regularly brings Googlers to Foobooz. It’s all because of a Downton Abbey dinner party that chef/owner Chip Roman threw last February at Blackfish in Conshohocken. On  Sunday nights the traffic to the page skyrockets, often pushing the story back into the Most Popular Foobooz  stories box. It even tricked our Social Media team, which posted the Downton Abbey dinner post this past Monday as if it were new. People immediately started calling Blackfish looking to book their table.

There was enough of a groundswell that Roman has decided to bring back the event. On Monday, February 24th. The dinner will be similar to last year and the price will be $100 per head.

To reserve your table, call Blackfish promptly at 610-397-0888.

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Tradestone Cafe Opens in Conshohocken

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Tradestone Cafe swung open its doors in Conshohocken today. The cafe is giving away coffee today and tomorrow, Wednesday, January 29th. The cafe is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

In addition to coffee, the cafe, which is owned by Chip Roman (Blackfish, Mica, Ela) and Fred Ortega,  offers freshly-made soups, sandwiches and gourmet confections.

Tradestone Cafe [Foobooz]

A Christmas Story Dinner at Blackfish

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Are you just a huge fan of the movie A Christmas Story? On Christmas Eve, Chip Roman’s Blackfish is hosting a dinner inspired by the classic holiday movie. All the dishes served from “Flick’s Frozen Tongue” (corned veal tongue) to “Don’t Forget Your Ovaltine” (Ovaltine mousse) are clearly inspired by the movie. The dinner is $55 per person and hopefully the Bumpus hounds don’t get to the turkey before you do.

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Schuylkill Expressway to Be Slightly Less Lethal Come Christmas

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Rock-climbing has always seemed hairy to me. But rock-climbing while cars and buses and 18-wheelers zoom by beneath your boots seems really hairy, which is why I’ve found the stretch of the eastbound Schuylkill Expressway just before the Conshohocken Curve highly disconcerting for the past few months. Not only is the shoulder blocked off with Jersey barriers; guys are rock-climbing on the stone above the highway.

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Blackfish Adds Lunch

Photo by Samuel Markey.

Photo by Samuel Markey.

Back in the day Conshohocken’s Blackfish offered lunch with a much-praised burger. Beginning tomorrow lunch returns to Chip Roman’s BYOB. And yes, there’s a burger on the menu. In fact there are two of them. Other highlights include French onion soup, chicken pot pie, roasted skate and four salads.

Lunch is offered Tuesday through Friday.

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US Open Winner, Justin Rose Celebrated Last Night at Conshohocken’s Gypsy Saloon

justin-rose-gypsy-saloonUS Open winner, Justin Rose had been dining at West Conshohocken’s Stella Blu all week. But Kim Strengari’s West Conshohocken restaurant is closed on Sundays, so when Rose’s team reached out to Stella Blu yesterday, they were directed to Strengari’s other Conshy bar/restaurant, Gypsy Saloon.

Rose, his US Open trophy, wife Kate and his management team showed up shortly before midnight. Strengari and co-owner Marianne Gere sent over a bottle of champagne, as did another customer. The party stayed till 2 a.m. and left a “very generous tip.”

Gypsy Saloon [Official Site]

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