Main Line Happenings: Ardmore Becoming Beer Destination

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Ardmore has become a beer geeks destination with the rise of Tired Hands Brewing. The tiny brewery  was just named to First We Feast’s 12 Bucket-List Breweries That Every Beer Lover Should Visit. The Main Line town has some other things happening as well. The eleventh Iron Hill Brewery location, grandly opened on Sunday at 44 Greenfield Avenue, just a block from Tired Hands. And speaking of Tired Hands, the brewery continues to make progress on its second Ardmore location. The larger location’s brewhouse was just delivered yesterday and the brewery will open in the first half of 2015.

The Saint James is closing. The much ballyhooed restaurant from Rob Wasserman (Rouge, 500º) and Michael Schulson (Sampan, Izakaya) opened in 2012 but was slammed by critics. Schulson left the partnership earlier this year and Wasserman will close the restaurant on December 30th. Michael Klein reports that the space will undergo six weeks of renovations before producing what Wasserman says will be a “‘very family-friendly'” restaurant.

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Third Annual Philadelphia Burger Brawl Set for Sunday, May 5th

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Burgers. Lots of burgers!

That’s what’s in store Sunday, May 5th at the Third Annual Philadelphia Burger Brawl being held at the Fleisher Art Memorial, located on 719 Catherine Street in South Philadelphia. The event will feature twenty of the city’s top burger chefs duking it out to see who will come out with the top burger.

The invitation-only event sells out annually and more than 700 attendees are expected. Marc Summers will emcee the event.

The Philadelphia Burger Brawl was founded in 2011 by Rob Wasserman, owner of Rouge, 500 Degrees and The Saint James, as a private fundraiser to benefit the construction of computer labs in public elementary schools in the City of Philadelphia.

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500º Spotted in the Office

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Dan McQuade spotted this 500° bag in last week’s episode of the Office. 500° owner, Rob Wasserman had no idea his burger spot’s bag was going to show up on network television but then The Price Is Right didn’t tell him that a meal at Rouge, Wasserman’s Rittenhouse spot, was going to be a prize either.

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No Bells for Ardmore’s The Saint James – Is Location to Blame?

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Craig LaBan smashes The Saint James in Ardmore with a stinging no-bell review. Plates were dropped with regularity,the meat was over-cooked and salads were under seasoned. Is the problem, the location?

Finding skilled restaurant workers in the burbs is “painful,” says Schulson, whose Saint James kitchen had an 85 percent turnover in the first three months. But the problem is as much economic as geographic, he concedes, with line-cook wages only barely above what some say they’d receive in unemployment compensation. The culinary passion that drives many young chefs through that rite of passage is especially scarce outside the city. But given that Moon told me “only the sous-chef and a dishwasher” remained in his kitchen since my final visit, just a week before our conversation, I’d suggest that a pay increase is in order. Or perhaps these owners just aren’t cut out for multiple restaurants.

No Bells – Poor

The Saint James [Philadelphia Inquirer]
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Saint James Opens in Ardmore

Rouge‘s Rob Wasserman and Sampan‘s chef Michael Schulson are opening their spacious American bistro The Saint James tomorrow at Suburban Square in Ardmore.

Schulson has created the menu with Matt Moon who has previously worked with Schulson and will oversee the menu as executive chef. The menu will include everything from chicken noodle soup to a special lobster risotto on Mondays.

Check out our video walkthrough and the menu »

Suburban Snacks: Schulson to Ardmore, Brew Pub to Collegeville

Michael Schulson (Sampan, Izakaya) and Rob Wasserman (Rouge, 500º) are joining forces to bring an American grill to Ardmore. [The Feast]

Pepperoncini Sotto is opening this week in Phoenixville. It’s the sister restaurant to Pepperoncini in Conshohocken. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

Appalachian Brewing is opening a brewpub this May in Collegeville. it is the Central Pennsylvania based brewery’s first foray into the Philadelphia market. [The Beeryard]