Iron Hill Brewery to table vote on liquor license for Ardmore site

February 2, 2013

Iron Hill Brewery, which appeared before the Lower Merion Township Board of Commissioners last week to seek approval of a transfer of a liquor license to its planned new brewpub at Ardmore Plaza Shopping Center, plans to ask to table a scheduled vote tonight, according to the attorney representing the company in the matter.

Attorney Lance Rogers said his client will ask to postpone a final vote for two weeks, until the board’s May 1 meeting.

The Building and Planning Committee of the board on April 10 voted 9-4 to recommend that the board adopt a resolution supporting transfer of a restaurant license from Bridgeport to 60 Greenfield Ave. Iron Hill announced plans in December to open its 11th area restaurant in the former Norman Carpet space.

A formal vote on the application was to have been before the full board tonight.

At the April 10 meeting, several neighbors, including the vice president of the Ardmore Progressive Civic Association, spoke in opposition to the transfer, saying they had only heard about the application when Iron Hill co-owner Mark Edelson met with the civic group two days earlier to present the company’s plans. Neighbors also cited concerns about inadequate parking and hours of operation of the restaurant, which could run as late as 2 a.m.

Rogers said in an interview Wednesday afternoon that Edelson had met with about two dozen community members on Monday to discuss concerns. Following that meeting, he said, “Iron Hill, out of respect for the community, has agreed to a two-week postponement.”

He also said that, in light of the controversy, Iron Hill is "re-evaluating its involvement in Ardmore."

Although board action on the request is to be tabled, Rogers noted that some community members are expected to speak on the matter tonight during a public comment period. He said several members of the board of commissioners have also contacted him to say that they would like to have some discussion of the application tonight.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. at the Township Building, 75 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore.

Check back with Main Line Media News for updates on this developing story.

By Cheryl Allison