As we reported a couple weeks ago, Brittigham’s in Lafayette Hill has been purchased and is about to undergo a major renovation. Yesterday we received an official press release offering some additional details. Below is the press release verbatim:
In fall 2013, perennial local favorite, Brittingham’s Irish Pub & Restaurant (640 East Germantown Pike, 610-828-7351) will re-open after an extensive and spectacular renovation. New owners, developer Randy Feinberg and David Eckelmeyer, longtime owner of a pub in Manayunk, bought the building with plans to keep the name and the original bar area which dates back to 1743, but update the concept, food and atmosphere. They have retained culinary talent, Chef Jonathan Adams as consultant to work collaboratively with Executive Chef Joseph Frost, also an experienced chef who has worked in top kitchens including The Ritz-Carlton, Brasserie Perrier and who opened Georges’ in Wayne, to create the new neighborhood menu that draws inspiration from the culinary traditions of Ireland. In addition, Keith Raimondiof Philadelphia’s Lemon Hill has been brought on to create and consult on the restaurant’s cocktail menu, beer selection and overall beverage program.
“David and I have long thought that more could be done with this landmark property, and we’re thrilled to be making it happen,” says Feinberg. “From the new menu of pub-inspired fare to a more effective and hospitable use of the great space, we could not be more excited to introduce the new Brittingham’s.”
Feinberg and Eckelmeyer have enlisted Morrissey Design to refresh the storied space. The overall design will include light colors and natural woods that will bring a modern sensibility and youthful energy to the restaurant. Specific details include a full renovation of the two dining rooms and significantly growing their outdoor seating with a bar that will open to the outside, wraparound decks, porches and outdoor firepits. Guests can expect the same comfortable and homey spirit that have made Brittingham’s a favorite for years, with even better food, craft beers and artful cocktails, all served in one of the neighborhood’s most beautiful new settings. The restaurant will close for business on Monday, April 1.
Chef Frost, who will run Brittingham’s kitchen on a day-to-day basis, will work alongside Consultant-chef Adams, who most recently led the kitchens of Pub & Kitchen in Philadelphia and The Diving Horse in Avalon, NJ to create a menu of elevated pub cuisine with Irish influences. The pair met years ago when they both worked in the kitchen at Brasserie Perrier.
More information, including the updated menu and a projected reopening date, will be available later this summer.
Keep you posted.