At long last, there’s some official news about the General Lafayette Inn; it is to be reborn as the Barren Hill Tavern, under the able ownership of the crew behind Devil’s Den. There will be house-brewed beers again (huzzah!) and one hopes that it will once more become a regular host for beer-centric events – ideally with better food this time around.
While some may grumble at the name change, it’s a return to a previous moniker; it only gained the Lafayette-related title in 1946. Given that Lafayette himself knew the area as Barren Hill makes it even more appropriate, and surely there will be ample opportunity for self-appointed paranormal investigators to return to ask the Marquis himself his opinion of the bar. If only the streetcar that once ran from Philadelphia and stopped outside the bar could also be reinstated, alleviating the need for a designated driver, it would be ideal – but perhaps the guesthouse will be revived as well.
That small detail aside, there is plenty of scope for the new owners to create a real destination, as well as a great neighborhood spot. I’m happy to raise a glass to the new incarnation, and, of course, I’m available to consult on any confusing historical/archival/archaeological questions that may arise…
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