Despite Pandemic, Ardmore Retains Its Standing as One of Region’s Dining Epicenters

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Despite the pandemic that has slammed restaurants throughout the nation, Ardmore has managed to retain its standing as one of the region’s dining epicenters. Image via The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Despite the pandemic that has slammed restaurants across the nation, Ardmore has managed to retain its standing as one of the region’s dining epicenters, writes Michael Klein for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

This lively slice of Lower Merion Township has even managed to add some new eateries over the last several months, most recently the barbecue restaurant Sophie’s BBQ at Rittenhouse Place. Other recent additions include Blue Pearl, a vegan juice/bowl/smoothie café, Sakana, a Japanese restaurant, Autana, a Venezuelan restaurant, and Sesami, the Southeast Asian-inspired bowl shop.

These newcomers join the throng of already established eateries, including Hunan, the Chinese restaurant that has been among the region’s great assortment of Asian restaurants since 1973.

Ardmore owes its popularity to its position – just minutes from the city line and along Lancaster Avenue – and the mixture of blue- and white-collar residents and patrons which is more noticeable than in other Main Line towns.

“I look at it as an urban atmosphere in a suburban environment,” said Peter Martin, who purchased Ardmore Music Hall and adjacent buildings and redeveloped them into a concert venue and two restaurants.

Read more about Ardmore’s restaurant scene at The Philadelphia Inquirer by clicking here.

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