Main Line Boom: Ardmore’s 4 Most Anticipated Openings

The Philly restaurant scene is spilling over to the suburbs
January 8, 2015
by Danya Henninger

The restaurant boom in Philadelphia is spilling over to the suburbs, and Ardmore is first in line to catch the overflow. The area has always had one of the more vibrant retail strips on the Main Line, which food and drink are now infiltrating in a big way. As a partner to our 18 Most Anticipated Restaurants in Philly, here’s a look at what’s coming in the next couple of months.

1. Fuel

Similar to the outposts in in South Philly and Center City but larger, the Ardmore branch of Rocco Cima’s “healthy and delicious” quick-service cafe now has an official opening date.  Expect the same (huge) menu of salads, wraps, panini, bowls, flatbreads and smoothies, with no dish costing you more than 500 calories. 

Opening Date: January 28
Details: 5 W. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore

2. Not Your Average Joe’s

In 1994, a Massachusetts man named Steve Silverstein got fed up with the lack of suburban restaurants that had both good food and decent prices, and launched his first restaurant. Fast forward 20 years, and there are 21 NYAJ locations across five states, serving American faves like burgers, pizza, soups and salads. Pennsylvania’s first is already open in Glenn Mills, and Ardmore will be home to the second.

Target Opening: February
Details: 49 St. James Pl., Ardmore; 484-708-1500

3. As-Yet Unnamed Replacement for The Saint James

At the end of December, Rob Wasserman (Rouge, 500°) closed his young Suburban Square restaurant in order to “reconceptualize.” He’s planning something very family-friendly — something he realized the area needed after moving nearby a year ago — and word on the street is cuisine will lean Italian. The space is located right next to the train station, so it’ll be easy for city-dwellers to check it out, too.

Target Opening: March 1
Details: 30 Parking Plaza, Ardmore; 610-649-6200

4. Tired Hands Brewing

Since its launch two years ago, Jean Brollier’s tiny brewery has garnered local fanaticism and national recognition for its “Strange & Beautiful” offbeat beers. Lines for growler fills of new releases often stretch around the Ardmore Avenue brew-cafe, and so the company is expanding. Less than three blocks away, the new production facility will be capable of producing up to 10,000 barrels a year, and will also have its own on-site cafe.

Target Opening: March
Details: 35 Cricket Terrace, Ardmore 

Bonus: Iron Hill Brewery

The eleventh outpost of this local mini-chain launched in December, but it’s definitely part of the new boom. With acclaimed brewer Paul Rutherford overseeing the brewhouse and a large, family-friendly dining room for eating a menu of American classics, the brewpub is likely to become a go-to destination for the immediate region.

Details: 60 Greenfield Ave., Ardmore; 610-228-2280

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