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arepo Oct 19, 2013 07:33 PM

Any news on the opening of the Mainland Inn in Harleysville? I thought it had an opening date of September.

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    curly girl Oct 20, 2013 04:42 PM

    The owners of Quarry Hill Farm in Harleysville are the people who purchased Mainland Inn. Last time I was at the farm, the owner advised she hoped to reopen the restaurant at the end of November. Not sure if that is still the case, but that is the info she gave me a month or so ago.

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      arepo Oct 20, 2013 04:46 PM

      Thanks Curly girl for answering my question.
      So now I guess I will wait till December to make a reservation.

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      Chefpaulo Oct 20, 2013 12:19 AM

      That's news to me. I hope it emerges with maximal semblance to its previous stature and not being transformed into another sports bar.
      CP

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        bucksguy14 Oct 20, 2013 06:15 AM

        Doesn't sound like it's gonna be "another sports bar". Nor does it sound like it's gonna be what we remember of the Mainland Inn. It sounds like it might be something that we will like however! http://www.phillymag.com/foobooz/2013...

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          givemecarbs Oct 20, 2013 11:38 AM

          Thanks for the info bucksguy. I guess they had to say the Mainland Inn was in Harleysville when in fact it is in Mainland. I oughta know as I grew up in that sleepy little town he he!

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          Edwardrae Oct 20, 2013 02:50 PM

          The Mainland had been a culinary oasis in a desert replete with chains and what was not was ordinary at best. Could be we will never see its like again in that area. The Mainland was a restaurant I would go further out of my way for when in the general area. Perhaps their problems was that their menu was out of step with the local wallet and appetite. They did play their tune for a good number of years to the delight of many. Sorry to see them go and here is hopes for a good effort at a quality establishment by the new owners they have a good start with a lovely venue.

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            curly girl Oct 20, 2013 04:44 PM

            Edwardrae - I heard that the reason The Mainland Inn closed was due to a messy divorce. They had borrowed money against the restaurant, were in debt and then had personal issues which compounded the financial issues. Not sure if that information is correct, but I know it sold at far less than the original purchase price.

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              JanR Oct 21, 2013 06:15 AM

              If that is the case (divorce) it wouldn't be the first time. I heard the same thing about Ravenna in Worcester (which is sorely missed).

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                Bacchus101 Oct 21, 2013 09:53 AM

                +1 on Revenna, loved the place. I had not heard about the divorce. I did hear that the owner/chef got involved with one of the many revisions/restarts of the restaurant across from the Blue Bell Inn at 73 & Penllyn Pike with his time and money. As usual the restaurant(bad karma place) close and a good amount of money was lost forcing a sale/close of Revenna. That is all 3-5 hand information.

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                  Chefpaulo Oct 21, 2013 01:11 PM

                  +2 on Ravenna. Balsamic chicken livers...where are you?
                  CP

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                  Bacchus101 Oct 21, 2013 09:57 AM

                  Heard the same curly girl regarding the Mainland; divorce and a huge debt as equity had been extracted on a regular basis from the property and business.

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