Councilwoman Cindy Bass takes part in Iron Hill Brewery’s grand opening

Philadelphia City Councilwoman Cindy Bass made her first public appearance as the Eighth District’s newest representative on Wednesday during the grand opening of Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Chestnut Hill.Bass, who was sworn into office on Monday, thanked the Wilmington-based company for taking a chance on Philadelphia. “They could have gone anywhere, and they came here to Philadelphia, to Chestnut Hill. This is going to be the start of many great things here in the city of Philadelphia and throughout the Eighth Council District,” said Bass as she stood behind the bar of the Germantown Avenue restaurant.Iron Hill co-founder Kevin Finn described Chestnut Hill as a “quaint and beautiful” neighborhood in the midst of a restaurant “renaissance” of sorts. Finn said that rebirth is good for business and the community.”When there are more places for people to go, more choices, people will come,” he said.Greg Welch, who co-chairs the Chestnut Hill Business Association, agreed. He said Iron Hill will strengthen the neighborhood’s commercial corridor along with a soon-to-be constructed mixed-use project at 8200 Germantown Ave., which will feature a Fresh Market grocery store.”These are two anchor businesses that are absolutely going to bring more foot traffic to Chestnut Hill,” said Welch.Chestnut Hill is the company’s ninth location.

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