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Very exciting - lots of new bar and restaurant openings in MontCo

AmblerGirl Aug 7, 2008 05:48 PM

My husband and I took a drive last weekend and noticed a ton of new restaurant openings in the area.

New Alison restaurant in Fort Washington, where Maritas Cantina used to be
New wine bar on Butler Ave in Ambler (yay!)
Fin McCools bar and restaurant opening at the old Wyndham Hotel in Ambler
Bridget's restaurant is expanding
They are making progress at the old Broad Axe tavern in Blue Bell (they are doing such a great job on restoration, its going to be so nice)
Solaris Grill (I think an outpost of the one in Chestnut Hill) is opening in Center Square, across from Center Square golf club

Has anyone heard any updates on these openings? This is so exciting, we really need some more good restaurants in the area. I can't wait until everything is open.

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    keith1213 Aug 13, 2008 02:56 PM

    Thank you so much AmblerGirl!

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      keith1213 Aug 12, 2008 02:42 PM

      AmblerGirl, thanks for the updates! You've done a fine job getting information...any chance you could get a contact for the new Finn McCools? I would love to get a bartending job there when they first open. Also, do you have any idea when it's supposed to open? I drove passed it and stopped by, but no one was there and there weren't any contacts around. I've been searching the net all day...even if i could find an owners name!

      THanks in advance...

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      1. re: keith1213
        AmblerGirl Aug 12, 2008 06:56 PM

        Not sure of when it is opening (hopefully soon, its been under construction for a while) or of the owners. But you can go onto the Ambler Main Street website (www.amblermainstreet.org) or contact the main street manager (contact info on website), I'm sure they have some info.

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        Kater Aug 10, 2008 10:29 AM

        AmblerGirl you ROCK!

        Thanks for the updates. I know nothing about any of the openings, but wanted to thank you for your consistent helpful posts.

        I will add my vague sneering to the prospect of another Solaris Grill - yuck yuck yuck! But still it's good to know they're coming!

        1. crazyspice Aug 8, 2008 01:26 PM

          My understanding is Alison will open by the end of the summer. I am looking forward to it!

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            EastCoastWineMan Aug 8, 2008 10:48 AM

            hopefully the solaris at center square is more focused than the chestnut hill location...that place is such a consistent dissapointment among CHer's and anyone i talk to who has been...food is always average at best and the service is a diaster

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              jazziellen Aug 8, 2008 09:22 AM

              Well my resturant expert in the area(Smile)I thought I would get a response from you to my request for SATURDAY LUNCH IN BLUE BELL AREA~~~~~~~

              Do you know what is in the building where the Old Johnny Cross"s was? Hear there aree two restarunats there~~~~~ Have you been to the restaurant across from the BLue Bell(Something Horse) IF so what did you think~~~~~

              Also there is a new Italian restaraunt where PLATE was in the TOWERS(Formerly Cedarbrook APts) Someone might have already mentioned it one here as I have not scanned the posts~Same owners Fountainside in Horsham~


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              1. re: jazziellen
                JanR Aug 8, 2008 10:04 AM

                The building where Johnny Cross was houses a Japanese/Korean restaurant (can't remember the name). We were there on a weeknight and the entire (huge) place was empty. Food and atmosphere on the Japanese side were okay.

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                  Kater Aug 10, 2008 10:27 AM

                  Asuka/Gaya - we were there on Mother's Day and business was slow. Our server was just wonderful and they have great kimchi but otherwise the food was mediocre at best. Both Korea Garden and August Moon have their flaws but both are better than the place. Still we owe it one more try before we take it off the rotation permanently.

              2. kiwijen Aug 8, 2008 09:00 AM

                Is there a sign up at Alison's Two (Too?) yet? We drive by frequently and have been surprised that there's no mention of what's coming (although Chowhounds keep us in the loop on these things...)

                1. JanR Aug 8, 2008 08:34 AM

                  Looking forward to the new Alison and Ambler wine bar. However, one Solaris grill is too many IMHO.

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                    amblerdude Aug 8, 2008 07:23 AM

                    Do you know what type of place the new Broad Axe is going to be? I know originally it was supposed to be a belgian beer bar but that fell through.

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                    1. re: amblerdude
                      AmblerGirl Aug 8, 2008 01:45 PM

                      I heard "New American", not quite sure what that means. a Belgian bar would have been great there!

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