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Has The Gables (Chadds Ford, PA) been sold?

Red Oakley Aug 20, 2011 08:48 PM

Tonight some friends told us that Jack McFadden sold The Gables a few weeks ago. We had known he was working on a new restaurant in Kennett Square, and in searching for news on the sale I found a reference to a second new restaurant he's developing in West Chester. But I can't find any info on a sale of The Gables.

Anybody know anything? Thanks.

  1. CindyJ Sep 12, 2011 01:19 PM

    I drove by the Gables a little while ago and there was a banner hanging outside announcing "Under New Ownership!"

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      Red Oakley Aug 24, 2011 10:44 PM

      FWIW, I've asked around. No confirmation of this, but supposedly The Gables has been bought by a young couple that formerly owned a seafood restaurant on the Outer Banks. She has credentials in pastry and desserts; he has general restaurant experience. Not clear how long they owned the place at the beach.

      Glad to hear McFadden is pursuing the new place in Kennett -- it's the one I always thought looked like it's straight out of New Orleans. Dunno when we'll try it; we tend to avoid any place where parking is problematic, and especially downtown Kennett.

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      1. re: Red Oakley
        CindyJ Aug 25, 2011 06:47 AM

        Parking in Kennett isn't nearly as problematic as, say, parking in West Chester. There's quite a bit of on-street parking. Also, the parking garage, which is only steps from State Street (just walk through the Genesis walkway), has metered spaces on the first level. I'm in Kennett often, at various hours of the day and evening, and I've never been stuck for a parking space. BTW, metered parking only runs until 5 or 6:00 PM, and it's free on Sunday.

      2. CindyJ Aug 21, 2011 12:30 PM

        The work on that restaurant location in Kennett appears to have stalled -- at least from outward appearances. I haven't heard any news about The Gables lately. BTW, this post belongs more on the Philly board than Mid-Atlantic.

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        1. re: CindyJ
          CindyJ Aug 23, 2011 05:25 AM

          I take back what I said about the Kennett location. I drove by there yesterday and the front door was open with signs of work being done on the inside.

          1. re: CindyJ
            genevapics Aug 23, 2011 06:03 PM

            Is the location you are referring to, the redevelopment on State Street?

            1. re: genevapics
              CindyJ Aug 24, 2011 01:08 PM

              That's probably it. It's a very old building on the left as you drive west on State St. It was (I believe) a bar in its last life. Several potential owners had expressed interest in it over the past several years, including Aimee Olexy of Talula's Table, but in the end the renovations required were just too extensive. It's across from the Sunrise Cafe and just south of Newton's.

              1. re: CindyJ
                genevapics Sep 1, 2011 10:08 PM

                Yes, that is the location I had seen. Speaking of Newton's, how is the food there? We were in Kennett on the Sunday after the hurricane and decided we would eat there for brunch (initially we were headed to Hank's, but Rt 1 was closed north bound at Rt 52). They weren't open for service when we arrived and so we headed off to The Whip.

                1. re: genevapics
                  CindyJ Sep 2, 2011 07:01 AM

                  (Actually, that location is just NORTH of Newton's, not south.)

                  Newton's -- I've been there twice. The first time was shortly after they opened. I was underwhelmed by really unremarkable food and service. But so often, when I was in Kennett, I'd walk by Newton's and see what appeared to be a fairly good crowd there. So I figured enough time had passed that maybe they'd gotten better, and we tried it again about a year or so ago. It was mediocre at best. I really don't need to go back. I'll just keep walking until I get to Enzo's. Or Portabello's. Or Half Moon. Or anywhere else, for that matter.

                  BTW, we tried to cross Rt. 1 at Chadds Ford on Sunday, too. It was like a street fair there. People (us included) parked their cars and stayed to watch the river gushing under the bridge and the water flowing OVER the highway. Hope you made out better than we did. Our power went out on Saturday evening and just came back on yesterday morning.

                  1. re: CindyJ
                    genevapics Sep 4, 2011 10:52 PM

                    Thanks for the info on Newton's. Wow, you went a long time without power! Sory to hear that. Fortunately, we never lost power during the course of the storm.

                    1. re: genevapics
                      CindyJ Sep 5, 2011 07:56 AM

                      My next-door neighbors never lost power either. Soooooo frustrating!

                  2. re: genevapics
                    CindyJ Sep 24, 2011 02:08 PM

                    Here's an update on Newton's -- I just read in the Kennett Paper that they're closing "for good this Sunday, Sept. 25, after nearly eight years of business.

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