It’s been awhile since the glory days of the landmark General Lafayette Inn on Germantown Avenue in Lafayette Hill.
A longtime brewpub and microbrewery, it shut down in 2010. Three years later, it was revived as Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery, only to close in early 2016 amid the owner’s divorce.
With a new owner, operators Bob Devine and Nick Ciaffone of the nearby Italian institution From the Boot have removed the brewery and added a fully stocked, two-sided bar.
And, in a move that history buffs may consider a tad Revolutionary, they’ve installed a sushi bar. (Tory meets nori, I guess.)
It all blends surprisingly well with the atmosphere, a contemporary treatment of a 300-year-old building whose various a la carte and private seating configurations allow it to park about 190 people at once.
It also has a new name: simply The General (646 Germantown Ave., Lafayette Hill, 610-234-6189), with chef Michael DeLone (ex-Le Castagne) in the kitchen and a dude nicknamed Eric Sushi making the rolls.
Most entrees (fried chicken, meatloaf, roast chicken, rib, pork chop, crab-and-lobster cake) are $22-$28, with a gust into the $30 (dry-aged beef).
It’s serving dinner only in the earliest days.