Another beer bar for Fairmount

March 6, 2008

Pint Glass

Local beer writer Jack Curtin broke the story on his Liquid Diet and BeerYard sites:

March 05, 2008General Lafayette Inn To Lease Center City Location For New Gastropub

“I have a draft lease agreement to open a new location in Center City in hand,” General Lafayette Brewery and Inn owner and head brewer Chris Leonard told the Beer Yard exclusively today. “We are still negotiating, but we do now agree on the base terms. I have no reason to believe it will not happen.”
The site is on the ground floor of the CityView Condominium at 2001 Hamilton St., “between 20th and 21st streets; between Spring Garden and Callowhill.”

The General Lafayette Tiedhouse will open by this summer, perhaps earlier, and “will not be a brewpub,” Leonard stressed. “The Tiedhouse will be an upscale gastropub specializing in General Lafayette beers (anywhere from 6-10 on tap and in bottles) – along with other craft beer – mostly local and draft. We will also continue our focus on fresh food made with as many local ingredients as possible. We will offer dinner, weekend brunch, and outdoor dining.”–JACK CURTIN

The neighborhood is technically called Spring Garden, and I’m pretty sure that’s the current location of Goji, an Asian restaurant which opened just a few years ago. It’s a neat space but a little unusual… it sits off Hamilton Street and up a flight of steps so you wouldn’t know it was there from passing. It’s across the street from a WaWa and a police station and a block over from the proposed Barnes Tower, which got quite a bit of press last year.

New Philly beer venues seem to be announced every week. And you know what? I love it- and we won’t have enough till we beat Portland.

I’m still waiting on the Memphis Taproom over in Ddog’s neighborhood by the way…


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