By Stasia DeMarco
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -Longtime residents of Mount Airy are thrilled that Goat Hollow Tavern is reopening after eight years.
The old-school corner tavern has been rehabbed into an upscale American Brasserie with a full selection of handcrafted beers and a new cocktail menu. And it was all done under the auspices of Neil Campbell, owner of cozy Old City mainstay Race Street Café, and his business partner, Andy Shahan. Both are Mount Airy locals.
With outdoor seating, weekend brunch and live music, Goat Hollow is still a local watering hole, but it now reflects the growing overall revival in Mount Airy. As Campbell says, “It’s not about replicating Center City.”
He sees Goat Hollow’s mission as meeting the needs of the residents in the northwest part of Philadelphia, which is a diverse and thriving community.
Goat Hollow’s menu was crafted by Chef Adam Glickman, a former Mt. Airy resident himself, who is best known for the dishes he was serving up at Center City’s Monk’s Cafe. Glickman’s new menu offers 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; and an Oyster Muffaleta Sandwich with battered and deep-fried oysters with olive tapenade, lettuce, tomato and onion.
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. The Hollow also features an artisan cocktail program featuring signature drinks made with house-infused liquors and syrups. Campbell says one hot cocktail with a neighborhood theme is the Germantown Juice: “It’s raspberry, orange, lemon, pear and vanilla vodkas, orange liqueur and lime juice.”
Listen to interview with Neil Campbell…