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Restaurant openings and closings in Mont. Co.

AmblerGirl Oct 23, 2006 04:54 PM

I've been hearing lots of info on openings in my area (Mont Co) and wanted to see if anyone had any more info:
- The old Michaels restaurant in Ambler (corner of Bethlehem and Butler) recently closed and a sports bar/dance club replaced it. I just drove by and saw the sports bar was replaced with Fireside Restaurant. Parking lot looked pretty full. Has anyone heard of it or been there?
- I heard the old Broad Axe Tavern in Blue Bell was purchased by the owners of Eulogy and they plan to open a Belgian style restaurant there. Is that true? Anyone know the status?
- I also heard two empty properties on Butler Pike in Ambler Boro are both under development for new restaurants? Anyone know what types or restaurants are going in?

  1. j
    jujuthomas Apr 14, 2008 08:09 AM

    Michael's closed? We ordered there just a couple weeks ago. wow. Not that I'm shocked, the food was not fabulous.

    Do you know if Asuka/Gaya has opened? That's in the old Savory Grill building on 73. I saw a ton of cars there, but no open for business sign. DH thinks it's just a banquet resto, for large parties. Oh. found this: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/503362... guess they are open!

    I haven't heard anything more about the Broad Axe. Or the properties on Butler.

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    1. re: jujuthomas
      Jdbc Apr 15, 2008 06:32 AM

      There's an LCB application posted at Broad Axe.

    2. Den Apr 8, 2008 05:20 AM

      My office is in the area so we go to the Fireside for lunch. The food is average but so is just about everything else in the neighborhood.

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      1. re: Den
        bonappettit Apr 8, 2008 06:18 AM

        La VIta Bella is pretty good for lunch - I work in the city but have been there on the weekends for lunch - might be a bit out of the way depending on where your office is located. Not much else comes to mind...

      2. AmblerGirl Apr 7, 2008 03:15 PM

        Any word on the old Broad Axe? I heard that since they lost the belgian restaurant, they are hoping to open an american bistro type restaurant.

        Also, has anyone heard any word on the Wyndham Hotel on Butler? I heard Fin McCool's restaurant/bar was opening but construction seems to have all but stopped.

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        1. re: AmblerGirl
          Chefpaulo Apr 8, 2008 05:16 AM

          I drove by Broad Axe yesterday and restoration construction looks full steam ahead. No matter who gets in there, I'm grateful that our 1685 landmark tavern has a new life instead of being leveled for another McPlayground.

          1. re: AmblerGirl
            Jdbc Apr 8, 2008 10:57 AM

            I was by two weeks ago and they were working.

          2. b
            bonappettit Apr 7, 2008 01:23 PM

            I have been to the fireside - was told I'd have a 20 minute wait - ended up being 80 minutes. Food was salty, cold and unappetizing. When I attempted to talk to the manager he asked me what I knew about running a restaurant - a real nice guy. I suppose it was crowed because everyone was just waiting for a table. If I wanted to wait that long I would have gone to Arpeggio up the street for excellent food - plus smoke free (unlike this dive) and a BYOB as well. Keep driving on Bethlehem Pike - there are better places to go.

            1. d
              Displaced California Foodie Oct 23, 2006 08:15 PM

              I live in Blue Bell and have not heard a thing.
              Will ask around.

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