Mt. Airy will soon have another dining spot in its midst. Neil Campbell, current co-owner of the Race Street Cafe in Old City will re-open the Goat Hollow Tavern at 300 W. Mount Pleasant Avenue. The restaurateur stated he’s hoping to bring some of the ideas behind Race Street Cafe to this endeavor.
Campbell said he wants the tavern to be a “community-centric place.”
Campbell and partner, Andy Shahan, intend to open the new restaurant under the old Goat Hollow Tavern name. Campbell said the decision came from “a lot of positive feedback” from neighbors who shared happy memories of the former establishment.
The new Goat Hollow Tavern will be a full restaurant and bar. Campbell said that the tavern will offer lunch, dinner. He noted that the tavern will serve 22 craft beers and a craft cocktail program accenting homemade alcohol infusions and specialty syrups.
The space will also have ground-level outdoor dining which is something Campbell feels is currently lacking in Mt. Airy. “We’re hoping these things will set us apart,” he remarked.
The new Goat Hollow Tavern is truly a neighborhood enterprise. Campbell, who lives in Mt. Airy, explained that the plans for the restaurant came together during a Mt. Airy Learning Tree (MALT) fundraiser a year ago, where he and local real estate developer Ken Weinstein decided to join forces. Weinstein purchased the property this past November.
Chef and former Mt. Airy resident, Adam Glickman will helm the tavern’s kitchen. Glickman is best known for his years as chef at Monk’s Cafe in Center City. Mt. Airy architect, Alan Metcalfe, of Metcalfe Architecture and Design, is handling the extensive building renovations.
From 1987 and 2004, the property was the home of the Goat Hollow Tavern. The old Goat Hollow Tavern brought eclectic fare and ambience to a taproom previously known as Burba’s, serving pub grub downstairs and more upscale dining upstairs. From 2005 to 2008, the tavern existed under the Angie Brown’s moniker with a New Orleans inspired menu.
Campbell stated that the tavern’s opening date is “still up in the air” and he is awaiting approval for a liquor license. If all goes well, the Goat Hollow Tavern could reopen this autumn.