Erin Wallace says "early November" for the opening of Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery, which she and the team from Devil's Den in South Philly and Old Eagle Tavern in Manayunk are fixing up on the former site of the General Lafayette Inn (646 Germantown Pike, Lafayette Hill).
The renovations will yield more bar area and an overall more welcoming look.
In the meantime, head brewer Scott Morrison has been sending six of his beers to Devil's Den and one (the Berliner Double Weisse) to Old Eagle. Expect more in Manayunk in November with a Meet the Brewer night in the works.
The menu from executive chef Paul Trowbridge will include salads such as Grilled Raddichio with grapes, shaved parmesan, pine nuts and an Italian Vinaigrette and Chopped Salad with red onion, bacon jam and fried potato strings.
Seafood options include Crispy Fried Squid with jalapeños, carrot strips, and ginger mayo, a rotating selection of oysters, Mussels steamed with Aventinus beer, bacon, leeks, and cream, and Shrimp steamed in beer served with a spicy ale BBQ sauce.
Sandwich options include a Grilled Garlic Sausage Sandwich with cabbage slaw and herb tomato relish, Salmon BLT, and a Pork Belly Reuben, among the offerings.
Entrees will include Grilled Strip Steak with herb garlic butter, baked potato and vegetables; and smaller plates such as Welsh Rarebit with bacon and tomato, Mushroom Gratin served with grilled bread, and Angus Beef Dog Wraps with honey mustard.
Brittingham's, just up the street, seems to be close to reopening after a top-to-bottom renovation.