Guild Hall Brewing to Close After Just Under Five Months

guild-hall-closing-400Jenkintown’s Guild Hall Brewing Company will close after its Halloween event on Saturday, October 31st. The brewpub opened in mid-June and was open under 5 months. The building, which was a onetime Rolls Royce showroom was completely refurbished in a construction project that saw the brewpub open a good sixteen months beyond what was originally projected.

In a letter posted to Facebook, owners Owen Hutchins and wife Jennifer McGuire hoped people would come out Friday and Saturday for “a proper sendoff.”

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The Hidden Borie Estate Is Now Going For $2.15 Million

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It’s amazing how many Philadelphia-area homes have been inspired by historic French estates. This one in Jenkintown, for instance, was fashioned after the seaside Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in the southeastern French village of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. In a tie that’s closer to home, the property was designed by Philadelphia-based architect Wilson Eyre Jr., who is noted for having designed some of the area’s most striking buildings.

Settled on three acres comprised of formal gardens and mature trees (not to mention secret outdoor “rooms”), the brick-and-stucco home is set far off the road so that it actually sits hidden from view. Inside, period details like leaded glass windows, marble and stone fireplaces, and exposed ceiling beams abound. The kitchen is new, however, and claims a catering area and professional-grade appliances. Downstairs, a recently completed media room has access to the outdoor tennis court, which sits opposite the home’s Olympic-sized pool.

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Guild Hall Brewing Co. Is Bringing Some Beer Hall Awesomeness to Jenkintown

Plan for Guild Hall, coming to Jenkintown June 19th.

Plan for Guild Hall, coming to Jenkintown June 19th.

Downtown Jenkintown (say that ten times fast) is set to have a brewery of its very own as of June 19th.

Guild Hall Brewing Co. will open their restaurant and brewery, Guild Hall, in the historic building that previously housed the Jenkintown Antiques Guild (and, for car buffs, the space that was originally a Rolls-Royce garage). Two years in the making, the restaurant is owned by Owen Hutchins of the General Lafayette Inn, and his wife, Jennifer McGuire. Alongside their own craft beers, made by Hutchins, they’ll be serving a locally-sourced (and pretty extensive) menu covering any and all of your beer hall dream snacks.

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Leila’s Bistro Welcomes New Chef

sam-jacobsonBack in December, we told you Sam Jacobson was coming to Leila’s Bistro in Jenkintown. Well, tonight is his first (official) night at the cafe and he’s bringing a whole new menu with him.

While owner Jose Vargas is focusing on his new restaurant, Robert’s Block, located in Glenside, Jacobson (who you might remember from his time at NoBL, Sycamore and Southwark) will be manning the stoves at Leila’s–which will now be open Wednesday through Sunday.

Wanna see his new menu? We thought you might. Check it out below.

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For Sale: Historic Jenkintown Property That Belonged to Founder’s Family

630 Washington Ln, Jenkintown, PA, 19046

630 Washington Ln, Jenkintown, PA, 19046

Jenkintown may have only been incorporated in the last two centuries, but the Montgomery County borough was actually settled in 1697 by Welshman William Jenkins. One of Jenkins’ descendants, Stephen Jenkins, built this three-story home (called “Vernon”) in the area over a hundred years later, and it is believed to have been a stop on the Underground Railroad.

Here’s what you should know about Vernon: It’s a colonial that sits far back from the road on 2.6 acres of land and has two separate driveways leading up to it. Hardwood floors and custom millwork are home highlights, but a vaulted-ceiling family room with exposed wood, wrought-iron beams, and stone accent walls merits a mention as well (a hidden wet bar is located here).

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New Chef, New Menu for Jenkintown’s Forcella


Jose and Jennifer Vargas of Leila’s Bistro in Jenkintown  created a sophisticated yet comfortable sequel when they opened Forcella, serving authentic Italian cuisine, in downtown Jenkintown earlier this year. Recently, the BYOB has made some changes with chef Anthony Pasceri taking over the kitchen and adding a new seasonal menu.

Pasceri, formerly of Modo Mio and Popolino, has been on the Philadelphia restaurant scene for over 10 years. At his new home in Jenkintown, he will be serving house-made classic Italian pastas, breads, desserts and more.

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Sandwich Pop-Up in Jenkintown


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Forcella and Leila’s Bistro in Jenkintown are hosting a pop-up sandwich shop today at Leila’s Bistro at 700 West Avenue. Owner Jose Vargas and Paesano’s alum Anthony Pasceri are hosting the pop-up. There will be free samples and $8 sandwiches from 12:30 p.m. till  supplies run out.

If anyone tags Forcella or Leila’s Bistro on Facebook or Twitter (@leilasbistro or @forcellabyob) with a picture of themselves and their sandwich their full size sandwich is free.

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Guild Hall Brewing Company Launches a Kickstarter


Guild Hall Brewing Company, a brewpub opening in Jenkintown, has launched a kickstarter. Set to open in Fall 2014, the brewery is looking for your help to complete their vision.

Without impairing the beer, food, sustainable operations and wages for the staff, head brewer Owen Hutchins had to make some budget cuts. “We had to cut something. We had to cut the design,” Hutchins said.

And this is where you come in. The brewery is looking for donations to make the transformation complete. Donations will go towards the design elements of the brewery. With a goal of $25,000 and 29 days to go, there’s still time for you to make an impact. And depending on how much you donate, expect some prizes – have you ever wanted to name your own beer? – to come your way.

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Back on the Market: Jenkintown’s Jaw-Dropping Borie Estate

We were surprised last summer when the Borie Estate made only its fourth appearance on the market in 200 years. We’re even more surprised that the sprawling estate didn’t sell and is back on the market again after a hiatus that began last January.

Perhaps it’s that the original owner — Charles Louis Borie, a chief architect for the Philadelphia Museum of Art — is back in the news (well, sort of). We can’t help but wonder how Borie would judge the latest plans for the museum. Our pat opinion on design issues tends to be if it’s good enough for Inga, it’s good enough for us. But then, it was Borie’s vision of an “acropolis-like” museum on a hill that gave us our current design, so we can’t be sure what he’d think of street-level entrances. Read more »

Jenkintown Cops Raise $5K to Help Save Sick K-9

furman NBC 10 reports donations are “pouring in” to the Jenkintown Police Department to help pay for an operation their department’s K-9 dog, Rocky, recently had.

The dog was rushed to Penn Vet Hospital on March 29 after coughing up blood; the surgery and continuing care for Rocky could cost as much as $8,000. Montgomery County DA Rita Furman (in the photo with Rocky) posted the fundraiser flier to her Facebook page over the weekend, NBC 10 reported on it and now they’ve collected about $5,000.

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