Tavern opening delayed

It now appears the Chadds Ford Tavern won't reopen until March. That was the word from owner Phil Ferro who's still waiting for the new furniture to arrive. Along with the furniture, Ferro still needs the liquor license and to get the restaurant a clean bill of health from the health inspector.

That was the gist of the conversation with Ferro on Jan. 31. In November, he said he was hoping to open in January.

"The holidays and weather killed us," he said.

Ferro, along with Chet and Raj Patel who own the Brandywine River Hotel, bought the restaurant from former owner Tommy Drane last year. Raj Patel said Ferro and The Tavern would cater events at the hotel once everything is up and running.

"He's a very good cook," Raj Patel said.

While the new furniture is still not in, Ferro and work crews have been cleaning and polishing remaining woodwork, including the bar with the name tags of many of the old customers.

As he said in November, Ferro wants to bring back the type of energy that The Tavern used to have, including live music, DJs, some dancing and, now, with some karaoke.

The food, he promised would be tavern fare as before, but with some modern touches. "A newer take on the old favorites," he said.

"I want to call it the past, the present and the future of the Chadds Ford Tavern," Ferro said.

Hours of operation will be 11 a.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to midnight on Sunday. Food prices will range from $6 to $32.



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About Rich Schwartzman

Rich Schwartzman has been reporting on events in the greater Chadds Ford area since September 2001 when he became the founding editor of The Chadds Ford Post. In April 2009 he became managing editor of ChaddsFordLive. He is also an award-winning photographer.



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