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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Chester, Montgomery Counties Are Hotbeds for Texting and Driving

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The above chart comes from The Center for Rural Pennsylvania, a “legislative agency” of the Pennsylvania General Assembly that produces publications and reports for lawmakers. It recently published this map of texting-while-driving citations in 2013, showing that the 8th and 10th counties with the most texting-while-driving citations in Pennsylvania are Chester and Montgomery, respectively.

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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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Weekend Open Houses: Counties Edition

1320 Lafayette Road, Gladwyne, PA.

1320 Lafayette Road, Gladwyne, PA.

This weekend we decided to spotlight homes from each of the four counties surrounding Philadelphia. For Delco, we chose a recently renovated house that has a fireplace with a raised hearth and a cute wood stove insert. And with warmer days soon to come, we thought its salt water swimming pool was worth a mention too.

Our Chester County choice might seem familiar, and that’s because it is. We featured Strawberry Hollow Farm a little over a week ago, but now you can go see the farmhouse’s cathedral ceilings in person. The brick Colonial in Montco has a cherry-paneled den, vaulted ceilings and hardwood floors, and in the family room there’s a wood stove insert. Outside, a swimming pool.

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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.

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Lower Merion Okie Farmhouse Gets a Price Cut

Exterior of 825 Chauncey Road, Penn Valley, PA

Exterior of 825 Chauncey Road, Penn Valley, PA

Known for his precise hand at recreating and restoring historical buildings, architect R. Brognard Okie was commissioned to refurbish the Betsy Ross House in 1937. Three years later, the Colonial-Revivalist directed the design of this Penn Valley farmhouse on a little over two acres of land.

Singular features include iron hinges, wide-planked floors, and three “extraordinary” fireplaces. One room has a mural depicting sailing ships and rolling hills.

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The Butcher and Barkeep Opens Today

butcher-and-barkeepToday is the official opening of The Butcher and Barkeep in Harleysville. The bar and restaurant is being run by two former Standard Tap bartenders, Cody Ferdinand and Gerard Angelini along with chef Jeffrey Sacco, who comes from the Craft Ale House in Limerick.

The doors swing open and dinner begins at 5 p.m., lunch service will start on Monday November 25th.

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