New Haunt

Red Brick Inn gets a new lease on life

From the February 2014 edition

A neighborhood watering hole since 1936, there was something about the Red Brick Inn’s locale, the way it seemed plopped into the middle of residential Merion Village, that charmed George Stefanidis. So the owner of Easy Street Cafe bought it. Now, more than a year and a full gutting later, the new Red Brick Tap & Grill is a local joint with new purpose. On the menu, it’s better-than-average American bar fare heavy on house-smoked meats and stone-cooked pizza. Try the Porky’s Revenge, a so-wrong-it’s-right pie topped with chipotle ranch, mozzarella, smoked gouda, pulled pork, bacon, smoked pork belly, fried onions and fried jalapenos. And don’t toss the crust coated in garlic butter and seasoned parmesan. At the bar (fun fact: the back of the bar is the only original piece left), there are 30 beers on tap, plus 70 more in the bottle, with a heavy focus on local brews. “I’m thinking the neighborhood could use a bar like this,” Stefanidis says. 292 E. Gates St., Merion Village, 614-444-2742, theredbricktapandgrill.com