The Meadowlands Country Club in Blue Bell is about to be taken over by new owners, two of which are accomplished Ambler restaurateurs Kevin Clibanoff and Scott Dougherty. Clibanoff is the owner of Bridget’s Steak House and KC’s Alley in Ambler. The move is headed by developer Bruce Goodman, who partners with Clibanoff and Dougherty as owners of the Blue Bell Inn.
From the Jewish Exponent:
“We’re excited at the possibility of having this opportunity,” said Goodman, who began exploring the opportunity in November, shortly after a proposed arrangement between the club and Whitpain Township — one that would have preserved the land as an open space in perpetuity through an easement — fell through.
With so much change taking place at Meadowlands — including a new general manager, new golf pro, a significantly more health-conscious menu and, beginning next January, a renovation of the clubhouse designed by Goodman’s wife, Judi, who also designed the Blue Bell Inn — no one’s quite sure what to expect.
The new partners emphasize that there is no cause for concern. “I think a lot of country clubs were on a downward trend and needed a fresh face,” said the 43-year-old Dougherty, who will oversee what goes on in the restaurant, while Clibanoff handles the kitchen. “We thought this could be a great idea. I’d like to think we’ve upgraded the food already. That’s one way to show people we’re serious about this.”
Some great news for the club, which has been open since 1951.