Philadelphia, PA - After nearly two years idling in the station, The Pullman Restaurant & Bar has finally arrived on the Mainline! Located at 39 Morris Avenue on the site of the former Tango Restaurant along the south side tracks of the Bryn Mawr train station, the newly renovated 7,000-square-foot space has been transformed into a chic new restaurant and supper club that harkens back to a bygone era of understated luxury and opulence.
The Pullman Restaurant & Bar Has Finally Arrived On The Mainline!
Inside the 145-seat restaurant, there’s an assortment of cozy spaces and “nooks” that are perfect for intimate dining, parties, and social gatherings. The restaurant boasts a sexy music lounge where guests can sip on artisanal cocktails and craft beers, dine on ‘small plates’ and listen to live music. The glamorous and sleek 21-seat Main Bar boasts vaulted ceilings and custom millwork. The double-sided floor-to-ceiling bar structure is the prominent focal point in the view from all other dining rooms. Fabricated with wood, metal and integral ambient lighting, its overarching canopies showcase floating wine and liquor bottles. In the spring, the 50-seat al fresco ‘10/14’ Bar on the Rails will be open for cocktails and dining.
To capture the sophisticated ambiance of a luxury railway carriage, the Hammers partnered with Ardmore’s Orion Builders and Balongue Design Group from Villanova. “The color palette takes its cues from the iconic railcars,” noted designer Barbara Balongue. “Sleek metallic and crystal finishes juxtapose against rich mahogany wall paneling and doors, brass and crystal chandeliers, stone tops, and luxurious upholstery. An intricate black and white floor tile pattern ground the lush furnishings.”
For the Hammers, it’s not the first time the mother-daughter duo has been involved in a high-profile restaurant venture. The two are also longtime business partners at Snook’s Bayside Restaurant & Grand Tiki Bar, an uber-popular waterfront venue in Key Largo, Florida. Originally from the Philadelphia area, Roni and Jennifer decided to return to Bryn Mawr after a 28-year stint in Key Largo to take on this new restaurant project, which was largely motivated by Jennifer’s sense of nostalgia. She said she and her friends frequented the restaurant in the Central Bar & Grille in the early 1990s. “Just about everyone we know has visited and created wonderful memories of all the previous restaurants that occupied this historic Main Line ‘Freight House,’” she said. “These memories strongly motivated us to obtain the property and bring it back with reverence.”
The Pullman Restaurant & Bar is open for dinner Tuesdays through Sundays, with live music offered Thursdays through Saturdays, and “social hour,” their take on happy hour, happens Tuesdays through Fridays from 4 to 6 p.m. Lunch is offered on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between noon and 3 p.m. For reservations, please call 610-727-0777.