Sale pending for Resurrection Ale House

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Patrons seated at the bi-level bar at Resurrection Ale House. ( David M Warren / Staff Photographer )

As Resurrection Ale House's fifth anniversary draws near, Leigh Maida and Brendan Hartranft are planning to sell the bar at 2425 Grays Ferry Ave.

The buyers - who I hear are a bar manager and a bartender - are keeping a low profile, as they are employed elsewhere. There's nothing yet mentioned in public records.

The couple are "making space in our lives for something new," Maida told me. (I'm betting on another bar, not another baby.)

Resurrection is staying open until the sale goes down, and Maida said in a statement that the transition will be smooth. Devotees of Resurrection Ale House's Twice Fried Chicken should watch the menus of the couple's other bars - Memphis Taproom, Local 44 and Strangelove's - to see where it pops up next.

Maida said they are targeting Sept. 21 as the transition. The new owners will then rebrand.

Starting now, Resurrection is throwing a series of daily beer promotions, including a Goose Island Migration Week tap takeover scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 5.

Expect a final "Fifth Anniversary/Closing Night" Beer Bash including a full tap takeover from Allagash and Sierra Nevada, featuring its Beer Camp collaboration beer "Myron's Walk." No date has been set.

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