Cortright Wetherill Jr. of Devon Hill BMW is steering a restaurant: Ella’s American Bistro (214 Sugartown Rd. in Devon Square, just off Route 30 in Wayne), aiming toward a December rollout.
Executive chef Matt Schuler, sourcing ingredients locally and naturally (naturally), will serve casual bistro fare. They're going for a distressed feel -- wood-paneled surrounding the white-tablecloth dining room. The bar, made of an organically milled sycamore tree will serve local craft beers and classic cocktails.
Menu items will top out at $25 for a grilled New York strip. Other dishes include heirloom bean chili; grilled pizza; Iron Stone Farms sirloin burger; linguine; buttermilk fried chicken; BBQ Berkshire pork chop; crispy skin red snapper; and lobster mac & cheese.
Schuler, born in Lancaster County, is a grad of Johnson & Wales University and most recently was a chef/instructor for Viking Range Culinary Arts Center in Bryn Mawr.
The project, by the way, is not to be confused with Ela, which chefs Chip Roman and Jason Cichonski are prepping for a November opening at Third and Bainbridge Streets in Queen Village.