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Ardmore's Iron Hill Brewery Aims for Early 2014 Opening

"We've been looking for a spot on the Main Line forever," Iron Hill Brewery owner Kevin Finn told Patch.

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant is aiming for a January 2014 opening in Ardmore, co-owner Kevin Finn told Patch on Wednesday.

“We’ve been looking for a spot on the Main Line forever, but we just hadn’t really found a space,” Finn said of the business, which just signed a lease for 60 Greenfield Ave. in Ardmore Plaza. The company has nine current restaurants and another planned for Voorhees, N.J.

“We’ve been talking to Ardmore for maybe five years,” he added. “We were really close to signing a lease back in 2009 but it didn’t pan out … it’s an area we really liked.”

Iron Hill, a full service restaurant and pub that brews on site at all of its breweries, is one of the fastest growing chains of brewpubs on the East Coast.

The size of the restaurant, and its ability to cater to large parties, families, business folks and the happy hour crowd alike is a major part of its success, Finn said.

“In our Chestnut Hill location, we get tons of families that didn’t have places to go before … I think we’ll get a similar thing in Ardmore,” he explained.

This year, Iron Hill was voted “Best Restaurant for Kids” by Philadelphia Magazine. It was also named the World Beer Cup World Champion Brewery & Brewmaster for Small Brewpubs—and their beer has placed every year since 2002.

"It’s encouraging that we’re getting a big name that people would recognize," Ardmore Initiative Vice President Maryam Phillips said of Iron Hill's announcement. Ardmore properties, she said, aren't always attractive to larger businesses because of their smaller size.

A well-known, well-loved company moving to town can have positive repercussions for the business community, Phillips added: "It creates a 'destination' and everyone can benefit from it."

With two other spirited newcomers—The Beer Shoppe right next door to the soon-to-be brewery and Tired Hands Brewing Company a block away (owned by former West Chester Iron Hill brewer Jean Broillet IV)—Ardmore seems well on its way to becoming a beer mecca.

The triad may end up complementing each other more than competing, though: The Beer Shoppe focuses on beer takeout, and Tired Hands is a smaller, more intimate venue than Iron Hill promises to be.

Ardmore will be the 11th Iron Hill location. The chain plans to open several more locations by 2015 ranging from Washington DC to Northern New Jersey. But, Finn said, Ardmore is the focus for now.

Ardmore is next in line for construction, after the Voorhees, N.J. location is completed. Construction could potentially begin at the Ardmore Plaza location—60 Greenfield Ave., the former site of Norman Carpet One—as soon as early summer, Finn said.

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Gary December 08, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Glad to see Ardmore attracting new business. It needs it. Too many vacancies.
Michael Maloney December 08, 2012 at 11:42 PM
keep it local, people!
momof3 December 09, 2012 at 08:02 PM
That strip is absolutely RIDICULOUS with cars looking to park as it is now; Where in the world will all the cars park?! And what effect will this have on the other smaller businesses that depend on in/out quick access for thier customers. Planet Fitness has had an impact on the parking already and now THIS?? Oh My..
Forward Thinking Resident December 13, 2012 at 01:37 AM
they will park across street, or on any of the nearby streets surrounding the center.
Forward Thinking Resident December 13, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Iron Hill is a local company..do a little research...love to see local companies prosper!
Forward Thinking Resident December 13, 2012 at 01:38 AM
too many vacancies and too much turnover. this will be great for the area
Patches O'Hoolihan March 28, 2013 at 03:42 PM
Please don't, Iron Hill's the worst - the beer tastes like poop, and it's over priced...and the food isn't that great either. I bet we could find something better... seriously, someone just step up and start their own bar - I'll come every day if it means keeping an iron hill out the picture.

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