Farmhouse Friday: American Gothic in Glenside

677 Brooke Rd., Glenside, Pa. 19038 | TREND Images via Dan Helwig, Inc.

677 Brooke Rd., Glenside, Pa. 19038 | TREND Images via Dan Helwig, Inc.

In our search for a farmhouse to feature this week, we stumbled across two nearly identical farmhouses located close to adjacent stations on the Lansdale/Doylestown line in Glenside. Both of them exude early American charm; both have elements of Gothic style about them; both are adjacent to township open space; both are on spacious lots; and they’re almost identically priced (the difference: a mere $100).

This is the one that’s priced $100 higher, and the difference is worth it. It’s also the older and better maintained of the two — and the more contemporary. Read more »

A Hidden Home with a Long Pedigree in Glenside

Wetherill Cottage, 1681 E. Willow Grove Ave., Laverock, Pa. 19038 | Images via Scott Laughlin, BHHS Fox & Roach

Wetherill Cottage, 1681 E. Willow Grove Ave., Laverock, Pa. 19038 | Images via Scott Laughlin, BHHS Fox & Roach

For a relatively brief period stretching from the Gilded Age to World War II, Cheltenham Township in Montgomery County was chock full of enormous, elegant mansions on spacious estates that put the grandest homes on the Main Line to shame. Many of these homes were demolished and their estates turned into subdivisions, but a handful of them survived, often as institutions like Arcadia University, housed in the landmark Grey Towers mansion.

Right now, one fortunate buyer is on the verge of owning a living link to that sumptuous past in the form of a surviving fragment of one such estate: that of William Chattin Wetherill. Read more »

Rolling Stone Calls Humpty’s Dumplings Best Food at Bonnaroo

The Bonnaroo Music Festival entryway | Photo by Nikolaus Freedman

The Bonnaroo Music Festival entryway | Photo by Nikolaus Freedman

Local dumpling shop, Humpty’s Dumplings, has just entered the big leagues. Rolling Stone named the Glenside-based dumpling emporium as the best thing they ate at Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tennessee.

Just one of the hundreds of food booths at the festival, the ranking came as a surprise. To secure their spot at the festival, Nikolaus Freedman, Humpty’s Dumplings mobile manager, said they survived multiple rounds of cuts and in the end the festival was excited to have them and the festival-goers were equally as welcoming.
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A Taste of Family Tradition Comes to Glenside


A traditional family-style, neighborhood restaurant and bar opens in Glenside this Monday, December 7.

The new Bernie’s Restaurant & Bar (which used to be Bernie’s Pub when it was operating one town over in Oreland) is located at 391 Highland Avenue, a few blocks away from the Keswick Theatre, brings upscale pub fare and comfort food served in a modernized setting.

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Glenside’s Humpty’s Dumplings Now Has A Storefront


Humpty’s Dumplings has a storefront. And, in our opinion, one of the coolest names, like, ever.

“It’s kind of American fusion, if you will,” co-owner Patrick Doyle explains. Stuck in a daydream of the dumpling variety, I just barely caught myself before responding, “Uh, yes I definitely will.”

If you haven’t heard of them yet, you’re not alone: they’ve been working off word of mouth alone s0 far, and have served mainly the Glenside area for a while now. But Humpty’s Dumplings is making moves, and it’s about time you learn about them.

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Morning Headlines: Keswick Village Sells for $6.2 Million, Sprucing Up to Follow

Franklin Residential has purchased Keswick Village in Glenside, reports Natalie Kostelni at the Philadelphia Business Journal. The historic mixed-use property, she writes, was designed by Horace Trumbauer and consists of the following Tudor-style structures:

• A pad with a Susquehanna bank
• A two-story, 18,000-square-foot building with six retail stores and 11 apartments.
• A three-story, 38,000-square-foot building that has seven stores and 15 apartments. Those structures will be rebranded as Keswick Commons.

According to Kostelni, Franklin Residential will “spend nearly $2 million to renovate the interiors and exteriors of the existing retail and residential spaces,” followed by a new housing construction:

The second phase involves constructing 65 to 80 age-restricted apartments on top of two to three stories of parking. That estimated $14 million project still needs to go through the local approval process and likely won’t get underway for a couple of years.

Keswick Village sells for $6.2M, gets new owner [Business Journal]

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“Bar Rescue” Converts Glenside Bar to Osteria Calabria


Photo via Drink Philly

Last week Jon Taffer broke Lickety Split into two concepts for his “Bar Rescue” show. Downstairs is now Alleged Pizza and upstairs is 2nd State Lounge. Last night Taffer and company revealed the remade Plush on Keswick Avenue in Glenside. That spot is now an Italian themed bar and cafe, Osteria Calabria.

A post on Plush’s Facebook page sums up the changes:

As the big reveal of our new bar approaches, I want to take the time to thank Jon Taffer and the entire Bar Rescue crew for this incredible opportunity. Aside from providing us with a new concept and look, they have touched us in the most profound way.I cannot begin to express my gratitude. I would also like to thank all of our loyal customers for nearly 12 years of support. Plush was a dream come true for us and could not have been possible without you. We look forward to another 12 years and truly hope the we can surpass all of your expectations. We launch our new bar Sunday night. Do stop by to see the amazing transformation of the bar. Menu provided by chef Nick Liberato. A true culinary professional. Drinks provided by Mia Mastroianni, mixologist extraordinare. Onward and upward. Hope to see a lot of faces, new and old….From the bottom of my heart, Thank you.

The new season of Bar Rescue begins October 5th. Look for the Philadelphia locations to be featured in late November.

More on “Bar Rescue” in Philadelphia.

Osteria Calabria [Foobooz]

Bar Rescue Converts Lickety Split into Alleged Pizza and 2nd State

Lickety Split is now 2nd State | Photo via @jkenney1392

Lickety Split is now 2nd State | Photo via @jkenney1392

As we reported earlier, Jon Taffer of the Spike TV show “Bar Rescue” has been in Philadelphia filming new episodes. One of the spots he’s been working on is Lickety Split at 4th and South. Twitter user 00jbk tips us off that the bar has received a fresh coat of paint and two new names, Alleged Bar & Pizza and upstairs, 2nd State Lounge. Also visible in the windows of the second floor, “MIXOLOGY,” and “TAFFER WAS HERE.”

The mixology can’t be a surprise, as anyone who watches the show knows, there’s money to be made in cocktails.

Taffer and his crew were spotted on Friday night in Glenside, at Plush, a restaurant and nightspot on Keswick Avenue.

The grand reveal began around 9 p.m. on Saturday, September 6th.

More on “Bar Rescue” in Philadelphia.

2nd State [Foobooz]


Hidden 8BR Glenside Estate With Cupola

TREND photo courtesy Long & Foster.

TREND photo courtesy Long & Foster.

The thing we love most about this beautiful Glenside estate is that it has been restored to its 1830s heyday but there are still opportunities for new owners to personalize the property. With only four previous owners, the estate has retained original elements like pocket doors and pocket shutters as well as original pinewood flooring. While the property has been renovated meticulously, new owners will still have the chance to devise any use they like for two very cool spaces: a cupola and a restored barn.

The main living areas of the home include a library with the double whammy of built-in bookshleves and window seats. A formal living room features a fireplace with Mercer tile (you’ll also find that in the bathrooms and in one of the other three fireplaces). The kitchen has been fully renovated and includes radiant heat flooring, an eight-burner, two-oven Wolf stove, a Sub Zero refrigerator and a separate wine cooler. The first-floor dining room could accommodate more than 150 guests at a cocktail party.

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Glenside Residence Includes All-Wood Bar

Exterior shot of 222 Roberts Avenue, Glenside, PA.

Exterior shot of 222 Roberts Avenue, Glenside, PA.

A sun room porch entrance is just the tip of the iceberg of this Glenside home. Inside, the house has seen significant refurbishments: restored original woodwork in the grand foyer and former kitchen cabinets repurposed as book shelves in the study.

Other features of note include built-in bookshelves in the living room and a full bar/saloon area made entirely of wood in the finished basement. Upstairs, a claw-foot bathtub can be found in the marble-floored master bathroom.

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