Details on Hop Angel Brauhaus renovation in Fox Chase, chef named

The horizon for the opening of Hop Angel Brauhaus, the re-imagined Blue Ox Bistro in Fox Chase from Grey Lodge publican Mike “Scoats” Scotese and partner Pat McGinley, has become clearer.

The project is on schedule and due for a soft opening in September and a grand opening in October, says Scoats. The pair has been leading cosmetic work to the historic 7980 Oxford Ave. location, which has nearly 330 years of history as a pub.

“The renovation will involve more sweat than cash,” Scoats says.

Perhaps more promising is the announcement that the Hop Angel’s executive chef will be Matthew Hartnett, who has been the accomplished face in the kitchen of Slate in Rittenhouse Square.

Hartnett has won praise for his roasted chicken and gourmet burgers. The Drexel Hill resident has cut down on his commute and joins Scoats and team in their battle to grow the Northeast’s beer and restaurant scene to keep pace with the culinary renovation that recreated Center City as a dining destination and continues to spread to nearer neighborhoods.

“The menu is expected to be alpine, heavy on German dishes, also some open-faced sandwiches and eventually pizza — freshly made stuff,” Scoats says. “I’m looking forward to German Mac and Cheese, a.k.a. Kasaspetzel.”

Scoats — brewmaster at heart — is also updating the Hop Angel’s drafts to modern standards for better pours.

The location has separate bar, balcony and dining areas, in addition to space for outdoor seating. Follow further updates from the location’s blog.

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