Suburban Eats: Lobster Dinner at Susanna Foo

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Although news of Susanna Foo’s return to Center City was released yesterday, things are still up in the air as to when exactly that will be. And if you can’t handle the suspense, well…we can’t do anything about that. But what we can do is give you the scoop on Susanna Foo’s Weekend of Lobster Dinners in Radnor.

Starting Friday, July 25, and going until Sunday, July 27, head out to the Main Line for some good eats and cheap prices (when it comes to lobster). For $39, each guest can enjoy 3 courses – 2 courses of Asian Fusion lobster-style meals, plus 1 course to satisfy your sweet tooth. Dishes include Lobster Claw Tempura with Pei Mussels, Roasted Maine Lobster & Diver Scallop, and Jersey Peach Cobbler.

Make your reservations by calling 610-688-8808 or by clicking here.

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Honeygrow’s Radnor Location Now Open

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Honeygrow’s newest location is officially open for business, people. The third outpost of the popular salad and stir-fry spot opened over the weekend at 230 North Radnor Chester Road, in Radnor, between the Radnor Financial Center and Radnor High School.

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End-of-Week Jaw-Dropper: Radnor’s Car-Alan Estate

Photo copyright TREND via BHHS Fox & Roach - Wayne.

Photo copyright TREND via BHHS Fox & Roach – Wayne.


This estate was built in 1898 for Alan Reed, of the successful Jacob Reed’s Sons clothing store chain in Philadelphia (about which you can read much more here). As he would do a few years later for his store at 1424 Chestnut, Reed hired William Lightfoot Price to design his home, which shows a range of influences, from Frank Furness (with whom Price briefly worked) to Arts and Crafts elements. The estate was named Car-Alan (Reed’s wife was named Carrie).

Some of the home’s standout features: a butterflied staircase with turned spindles; Arts & Crafts wallpaper; eight fireplaces; original leaded glass windows; and those ceilings! Dear lord, those ceilings.

But really, these photos speak for themselves.

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Radnor Township Announces $11.6M Ardrossan Deal

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Photo from The Philadelphia Story via Stand By for Mind Control

The famous “Philadelphia Story” land — represented on behalf of two family trusts by Edgar Scott III — has been the subject of ongoing neighborhood debate until developer Scott and Radnor Township commissioners brokered a compromise: The township’s planning commission would okay Scott’s plans for between 62 and 75 houses as long as the township had an opportunity to buy a tract or three to serve as green space.

And that’s exactly what’s happened: According to the Main Line Times’ Linda Stein:

Radnor Township has announced an $11.6 million deal to buy 71.03 acres of Ardrossan Farm at Darby Paoli and Newtown roads. If approved by the Board of Commissioners, the township plans to purchase the 27.65-acre Wheeler field, the 16.3-acre quarry tract and the 27.04-acre Rye field. The township land will be used for trails, wetlands and woodland preservation and protection of the viewshed.

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King of Prussia, Willow Grove, Radnor Township Top 10 Best Cities in PA

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Movoto Real Estate released its list of 10 Best Cities in Pennsylvania today, and Eastern PA — and this area in particular — does quite nicely, thank you. In addition to looking at amenities, the other criteria — crime, high school graduation rate, median income, cost of living, and home value — were measured against state averages.

Here are the towns in our neck of the woods that make the grade and an explanation of why they did so:

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Radnor Township Hearing About Ardrossan Gets — You Guessed It — Contentious

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Photo of the heated action at the Radnor Township Ardrossan meeting by Gerry Senker.

Monday night at a Radnor Township conditional use hearing, Hope Montgomery Scott heir Edgar Scott III told hearing officer Bill Bolla that he hoped to find “like minded people” to buy some large tracks of land, along with a proposed 64 to 87 smaller home lots that comprise the remaining 311 acres of the iconic Ardrossan Farm.

The purpose of the hearing was for Bolla, on behalf of Radnor Township, to determine if Scott’s plan meets the criteria of the township ordinance that allows developers to build homes on lots that are smaller than what are usually allowed, based on standard zoning rules.

Scott’s company, which applied for the conditional use is called E.S. LP. He was represented at the hearing by John Snyder a partner at the Saul Ewing law firm.

After Bolla explained who he was and what the purpose of the hearing was, he invited interested parties who wanted to be recognized as having “standing,” to step forward.

Right then and there, things got contentious.

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Main Line Spotlight: Does Ardrossan Development Threaten Historic Sites?

On August 5, the Radnor Planning Commission had its first opportunity to hear about ES3 LP’s plans for the Ardrossan estate, the land immortalized in the play and film The Philadelphia Story. Edgar Scott III, the principal of ES3 and one of the heirs in control of the Montgomery-Scott-Wheeler family trust, was, at the time of the meeting, applying for a single density modification that would pave the way for him to develop the land.

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