The Year in Restaurants: Comings, Goings and More – 2018

There was a lot of restaurant activity in and around Ambler in 2018. Here is what you may have missed:

  • Lucky Well announced a second location- scheduled to open in the Spring Arts District in Philadelphia, and Chef Chad Rosenthal launched a Kickstarter campaign to train, mentor and hire those struggling to overcome poverty. ( read more )
  • Fireside Bar and Grille bans all Boston beers in support of the Eagles for the entire week leading up to the Superbowl. ( read more )
  • In February, Ambler Pizza started serving and delivering beer. ( read more )
  • In March, Whole Foods Market in Spring House opened its doors to a huge crowd for its much awaited Grand Opening.( read more )
  • Also in March, the new kid on the block, Tommy D’s opens in the former Feed Store space. ( read more )
  • Vida and Comida celebrated their first year anniversary. ( read more )
  • Pancheros Mexican Grill opens in Spring House Village. ( read more )
  •’s Burb Cooks featured Chef Simone from Gypsy Saloon in Conshy. ( see video here )
  • Forest and main celebrated their 6th birthday with an outdoor party. ( read more )
  • In April, the Farm Stand at Ambler Yards opened and had successful beginning to their season. ( read more )
  • Tannery Run Brew Works announced their new location at 131 East Butler Avenue…Tannery Run has been working hard on their new space and will be opening to the public in early 2019. ( read more)
  • In June, we learned that Sushi Hatsu will be coming to the old Ambler Cabaret building.  Sushi Hatsu has yet to open, but we are excited to welcome them to Ambler. ( read more )
  • In July, we reported that three restaurants were planning to share the Ambler Cabaret building and all three spaces were in the process of being designed and constructed for a Fall opening. As of now, we are anxiously awaiting their Grand Openings. ( read more )
  • Blue Bell Inn’s Executive Chef rolled out new summer menu filled with fresh, local summer ingredients. ( read more )
  • In The Bag Deli closed abruptly and permanently in August. There is no news as to what business will move into that location. ( read more )
  • Also in August, El Cerrito closed and Gabby’s Banh Mi Shop moved into the former space, making that their second location. ( read more )
  • In September, Trax Cafe closed its doors and ceased operating as a BYOB restaurant. ( read more )
  • Last week, the contents of Trax Cafe were listed on Craigslist ( read more )
  • In October, Parry Coffee Roasters changed hands and Wake Coffee opened in its bright and welcoming space located at 224 S Maple Street across from the Boiler House. ( read more )
  • In November, Tannery Run Brew Works announced their new Chef, Gina Cavalier. (read more )
  • Forest and Main makes Philly Magazine’s Best Bars in Philly list. ( read more )
  • Banh Street introduced PHO to its menu in December! ( read more )

Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments.