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Two Stones Pub to open in Kennett Square!

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travelmad478 Jul 2, 2013 08:47 AM

Their website says it will be in fall of this year, in the Shoppes of Longwood, which is on Rte. 1 just west of Bayard Rd. Yay!!!! Mr. travelmad478 and I love Two Stones, but hate the shlep from our house to their Newark and Naamans Rd. locations. We were hoping they'd open in Hockessin, but this is the next best thing. Can't wait.

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    cwdonald Jul 9, 2013 09:53 AM

    Jack Curtain had a great piece on the new Kennett Brewery. http://jackcurtin.com/ldo/?p=8889

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      crm227 Jul 9, 2013 09:50 AM

      why oh why are they moving into the Shoppes at Longwood? Isnt there a ton of vacant space in downtown Kennett? Would be nice to have a place like this right in the Borough, even if Kennett Brewing is moving in nearby. Perhaps there is an issue getting another liquor license downtown? Otherwise it's classic Delaware business strategy--find the closest strip mall and open a restaurant. I guess it's convenient if you need to stop at the grocery store on the way home...sigh.

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        travelmad478 Jul 9, 2013 11:55 AM

        The first two 2SP locations are in strip malls and they do quite well there, so I guess they didn't feel like changing the model. It doesn't bother me to go to a strip mall to eat--I do it plenty, particularly for good places owned and patronized by immigrants.

        The other obvious issue is parking, which is already a challenge in downtown Kennett. Between that and what I would assume are higher rents downtown, it seems like an easy choice. 2SP is a "destination" restaurant already, so it's not like they are losing much by not being in a location that gets foot traffic.

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          bluehensfan Jul 9, 2013 02:59 PM

          And there is the fact that the Half Moon Saloon is already downtown in Kennett too along with a zillion other places to eat. And there is also the parking issue...

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            travelmad478 Jul 9, 2013 05:31 PM

            Half Moon...another place that never really lives up to what it should be, IMO. Good beer, but I have never really enjoyed any food I've gotten there (although at least they're more creative than Six Paupers). Downstairs is soooo loud, and upstairs is uncomfortable. I'm glad to have a better option.

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              bluehensfan Jul 10, 2013 06:07 AM

              The Half Moon has good crab nachos and desserts (because they are from Sweet Somethings in Wilmington). The beer is good and it's airy upstairs (but the furniture is really awkward) but with crappy servers that change weekly and fact that it's too pricy for what you get that has kept us away.

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            crm227 Jul 10, 2013 07:25 AM

            sorry--strip malls just dont do it for me. Again, that's the Delaware model--it's certainly not what Kennett is known for. And the idea that another restaurant shouldn't go downtown because Half Moon is already there is ludicrous. Competition is good for everyone, and Half Moon has a corner on the pub market in Kennett, so they dont need to stretch too much to improve their service, food, etc. Not to mention who doesnt love the idea of being able to walk down a quaint main street and have several dining options? And I still dont understand what the parking issue is. The garage is almost always empty in the evening, and you dont need to pay after 6pm. Again, I see this as both an urban legend and a function of suburban living--people dont want to park more than 15 feet away from their final destination.

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              travelmad478 Jul 10, 2013 09:11 AM

              > strip malls just dont do it for me

              Well, to each her/his own. I go to a restaurant for the food and drink, not for the exterior decor. In this country, most of the best ethnic food is in strip malls (and that goes for SE PA, too). It's not the "Delaware" model. Kennett's best restaurant, Sovana Bistro, is in a strip mall. I guess you're not going there, either. Your loss.

              > Half Moon has a corner on the pub market in Kennett

              So why would you advise another pub to open there? Competition might be good for the customers, but it's not a big attraction for the owners!

              > who doesnt love the idea of being able to walk down a quaint main street and have several dining options?

              People who don't live within walking distance of that street, and people who are not tourists. I don't go to Kennett to wander around and find a restaurant. I have to drive there, and when I am going there, I am going to a specific destination.

              When my destination is in downtown Kennett, I park there. I agree with you that parking is not an intractable problem. But if 2SP already has a solid local area customer base and doesn't need walk-in traffic, why shouldn't they go to a place where rents are cheaper, parking is easier, and (I assume) more easily fitted-out space is available?

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                brandywiner Jul 10, 2013 06:19 PM

                > who doesnt love the idea of being able to walk down a quaint main street and have several dining options?

                Also, those of us who simply can't walk more than a block or so...

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            ksqdomer Sep 13, 2013 08:12 AM

            AS much as I too would love them downtown do not dismiss the idea of QUICK and easy parking for the possible take out 6 pack sales that could occur. A line of glass door walk ins for craft six pack and single sales would kill in this area. It would even be somewhat attractive to DE residents as the number of available breweries and brands in PA dwarf Delaware. That's about the only good aspect of beer purchasing in PA. I have no idea if they are planning something like this though.

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            danbee1 Jul 5, 2013 08:22 AM

            Halleluja!!! Which reminds me, visited the pub at Victory Brewing for lunch the other day. Was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food, which was not my impression on my last visit a year or so ago (thus the long wait for a return trip). Prices were right on. The beer, of course, was excellent.

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              Chinon00 Jul 5, 2013 08:49 AM

              Got a growler of Victory Sommerbock the other day. Excellent.

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                travelmad478 Jul 5, 2013 01:07 PM

                In my 3-4 visits to Victory I have always been disappointed in the food. Is the menu different now? I haven't been in about 6 months.

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                  bluehensfan Jul 5, 2013 03:11 PM

                  What is good at Two Stones? I have never heard of the place...

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                    travelmad478 Jul 5, 2013 07:41 PM

                    1. The beer list.
                    2. The food.

                    In general, Two Stones is everything Six Paupers *ought* to be but isn't. Check out their website; if you are a beer fan, or more accurately a beer snob, you will be very impressed. The food can be described as several notches in creativity and execution above typical pub fare.

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                      Philly Jul 6, 2013 05:48 AM

                      We just moved to the Hockessin area last month. Agree with your comments relative to Six Paupers and Two Stones. I prefer the Two Stones Naamans location mainly due to the parking. The food at Two Stones is superior to what you will get at Victory. The sandwich selection and execution are excellent; last Wednesday we had the buffalo burger special and it was great!

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                        travelmad478 Jul 6, 2013 07:15 AM

                        Six Paupers is such a disappointment. The food is so boring, the space is neither pleasant nor cozy, and the beer is just blah. If it were halfway decent we'd be there constantly, because it's a quarter-mile from our house. But we're willing to go just about anywhere else to avoid it. For the last two years we've been wishing that the Two Stones people would take over that location, but I guess we can't get that lucky.

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                          Philly Jul 6, 2013 09:29 AM

                          Agree. We've had dinner at Six Paupers but have stopped as we've discovered better places such as Two Stones.

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                            bluehensfan Jul 8, 2013 06:22 AM

                            We live close to the Paupers too. Once we went a few years back only because of snowy weather. After our meal we all remarked that we wished we had stayed home...

                2. brandywiner Jul 4, 2013 01:52 PM

                  I'm a big fan of the Naamans pub. The Kennett location will be closer to me, but only by a mile or so. Definitely will check it out!

                  1. CindyJ Jul 3, 2013 06:02 AM

                    Ooooh... a new restaurant in the neighborhood to look forward to.

                    1. Chinon00 Jul 2, 2013 04:14 PM

                      They do a good job. Nice menu and great happy hour.

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