Mt. Airy's Historic Goat Hollow Restaurant Opens Monday
Posted on Jan 17, 2013
MT. AIRY, PA – On Monday, January 21, Neil Campbell, owner of cozy Old City mainstay Race Street Café, and business partner Andy Shahan will open Mt. Airy’s historic Goat Hollow (267-428-5672, 300 West Mt. Pleasant Avenue), a beloved neighborhood restaurant that closed eight years ago. Campbell and Shahan have extensively renovated the building, refreshing the space with an updated look, and will welcome guests for lunch and dinner at their new American brasserie offering deliciously rustic dishes alongside a craft beer and artisan cocktail program in a friendly, homespun atmosphere.
“Andy and I have lived in and around Mt. Airy for years and we really felt and heard the community asking for more quality dining options closer to home,” says Campbell, a 20-year industry veteran who is bringing the restaurant back to life in an area perfectly poised for a dining renaissance. “We are excited to open our doors and welcome neighbors and friends as we would into our own home; only with much tastier food and drinks.”
Goat Hollow’s menu was crafted by Chef Adam Glickman, a former Mt. Airy resident himself who gained kitchen know-how in Center City’s favorite place for beer and pub fare, Monk’s Cafe. Chef Glickman helms the kitchen serving satisfying starter plates, soups, salads and hearty sandwiches, burgers and entrees including: Potted Terrine of Wild Boar, with pickled vegetables, toast points and fruit sauce; Grilled Diver Scallops, served over risotto cakes with beurre blanc; Frisee Salad, with lardons, vinaigrette and fried egg; Oyster Muffaleta Sandwich, battered and deep-fried oysters with olive tapenade, lettuce, tomato and onion; Merguez Sausage Sandwich, housemade lamb sausage with mint and dill yogurt sauce; Wissahickon Burger, with duck liver pâté and truffled cheese; Beef Carbonnade, stewed beef, sweet onion, sour ale and roasted potatoes; Striped Bass en Papillote, made with wit beer and served with vegetables and rice; Cold-Smoked Cowboy Ribeye, a 16-oz. bone-in grilled steak served with potatoes au gratin, greens and veal demi-glace; as well as a host of sides including Drunken Mushrooms and Brussels Sprouts. Dishes range in price from $5 to $24 and sides are $3 each.
Glickman has dedicated a portion of the menu to the quintessential brasserie dish Moules et Frites. Selections include: Lincoln Drive, with leeks white wine and chile de arbol; Durham, with tomatoes, basil, mozzarella and white wine; and Nippon, with cured salmon, cheese curds, parsley and sake. Bowls of moules et frites are $10 for one pound and $19 for two pounds.
To complement Glickman’s cuisine, Campbell and Shahan have compiled a venerable craft beer list with everything from a Rodenbach Belgian Grand Cru to local brewpub offerings and two rotating casks. An artisan cocktail program features signature drinks made with house-infused liquors and syrups such as: Goat’s Tail, bourbon, lime juice, allspice syrup and whiskey barrel-aged bitters; Mt. Pleasant Manhattan, rye, Antica vermouth and whiskey barrel-aged bitters; and Germantown Juice, raspberry, orange, lemon, pear and vanilla vodkas, orange liqueur and lime juice. Beers range in price from $4 to $12 and cocktails are $9.
Close friend of Campbell’s and Shahan’s, realtor Christopher Plant of Elfant Wissahickon Realtors, immediately thought of the pair for the rebuilding of the former Mt. Airy hot spot. After taking over the space, they enlisted nearby businesses, including Metcalfe Architecture and Design, Philadelphia Salvage, Fillippi Bros., Inc. and Design Nehez, to rehab, redesign and create custom pieces for the 100- seat restaurant, truly making it a neighborhood venture. “This place is being brought back to life for the locals, by the locals,” says Shahan.
Goat Hollow’s original stone exterior was handsomely restored and enhanced with reclaimed wood. Additional reclaimed wood was used for the restaurant’s interior flooring, tabletops, stairs and bar while exposed bricks lay the back drop for the 12-seat bar and the wood-fired hearth located at the center of the first floor. Goat Hollow’s second floor offers plenty of additional seating as well as an intimate space for hosting private parties and enjoying live music, which is set to begin shortly after opening. The restaurant’s outdoor space will open in the warmer months.
The restaurant’s namesake, Goat Hollow Tavern, shuttered in 2004 with 17 operating years under its belt. Since then it has housed one other concept, which vacated the space in 2008. The name Goat Hollow is borrowed from the historic name of a section of Mt. Airy.
Goat Hollow will be open seven days a week. A lunch and dinner menu will be served from 11:30 a.m. until 11 p.m. and a late-night menu will be served from 11 p.m. until 1 p.m. Weekend brunch will be offered shortly after opening. For more information or to make reservations, please visit www.goathollow.com and like them on Facebook.