Montgomery County welcomes a wholly renovated Blue Bell Inn.
History seems to be repeating itself at the Blue Bell Inn: Scott Dougherty’s new place of business is actually his old one. The ever aspiring restaurateur and now co-owner at M2K Restaurant Group began his career 24 years ago as a busser at this “grande dame” dining establishment, but upon learning of the venerable property’s closure in 2013, joined forces with fellow visionary Kevin Clib (the duo co-owns Bridgets and KC’s Alley, both in Ambler), and teamed up with Bridgets’ Executive Chef Peter Sherba to initiate a brilliant reimagining of the Inn. The recent opening honors the restaurant’s history and heritage while introducing a new, modern concept to a younger generation of diners.
If you’re visiting the Blue Bell Inn, ask to tour—she’s a beauty to behold. Begin at the new entranceway and walk into the bar: Solid white oak floors and a 20-seat cherry wood and leathered granite bar will greet you—just one aspect of the striking ambience conceptualized by visionary designer Judi Goodman. The 55-seat patio beckons with its welcoming fire pit, relaxing waterfall, and manicured flower boxes. The main dining room features an original exposed stone wall from 1743. Nearby is a custom-built, temperature-controlled, 800-bottle, floor-to-ceiling, glass wine tower.
Dine on Peter Sherba’s regional American cuisine like signature steak tartare and fresh Maine lobster roll while relaxing in the comfy terrace lounge with three garage bays that roll open to reveal the tempting patio beyond. Or stow away in the 10-seat Patio Bar, as cozy a hideaway as you’ll find and a solid spot for East and West Coast oysters, Atlantic salmon, or dry-aged Blue Bell burger. The bar’s featured daily wines, 14 drafts, and crafted cocktails provide spirited complements to the experience.
Busser, maître d’, manager, and now, a co-owner, Dougherty holds great pride in the operation. “This day and age’s Blue Bell Inn is a place to wear a jacket and celebrate, and it’s also a place to hang out comfortably and relax with friends. Fine dining or casual—we can accommodate any style.” 601 Skippack Pike, Blue Bell, 215-646-2010