Craft beer fore­run­ner closes its doors

Owner of The Draft­ing Room, a restau­rant and bar in Uwch­lan, will con­tinue to op­er­ate nearby Brick­side Grille

The Mercury (Pottstown, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Brian McCul­lough bm­c­cul­lough@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @wc­dai­ly­lo­cal on Twit­ter

UWCH­LAN » The restau­rant that billed it­self as “Chester County’s Orig­i­nal Craft Beer Bar” has served its last IPA.

The Draft­ing Room Tap­room and Grille on Route 100 closed Mon­day af­ter 23 years in busi­ness. Owner An­drew Wein­traub said the time was right for him to con­sol­i­date his two-restau­rant op­er­a­tion into one. Wein­traub also runs the nearby Brick­side Grille in the Ea­gle­view Town Cen­ter, which re­mains open.

“I’ve come to a point in life where it’s time to move on,” Wein­traub said Tues­day at The Draft­ing Room. “It’s time to let some­one else do it.”

Wein­traub said the busi­ness, along with its liquor li­cense, is for sale.

“Let them put their twist on it,” he said of the next owner.

A type­writ­ten note on the restau­rant’s front door summed up his feel­ings on the move:

“Af­ter 23 won­der­ful years in busi­ness, we have made the dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion that it is time for us to move on to other en­deav­ors in our lives.

“As of Mon­day, Nov. 13, we will be clos­ing The Draft­ing Room. We would like to thank ev­ery­one who has come through our doors and be­come long time friends and guests. We would like to thank all of our staff through­out the 23 years who have helped make The Draft­ing Room a won­der­ful and proud place to work.

“Thank you for all of your sup­port.

“—The Wein­traub Fam­ily”

Wein­traub said he and his brother Howard ran the restau­rants to­gether un­til Howard left about three years ago to pur­sue other in­ter­ests.

“It’s been a lit­tle dif­fer­ent” since then, An­drew Wein­traub said. “It’s time to shrink my re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and headaches a lit­tle. It takes a lot of ef­fort to run restau­rants”

The Brick­side will honor Draft­ing Room gift cards and those with reser­va­tions will be ac­com­mo­dated there as well.

Wein­traub, 51, of Down­ing­town, said the restau­rant busi­ness has changed no­tice­ably since the Draft­ing Room opened its doors in 1994.

“I think we were the first ones to sell Vic­tory” from a keg, he said of the Down­ing­town craft brewer that opened around the same time.

Calling the Draft­ing Room a neigh­bor­hood Amer­i­can restau­rant serv­ing craft beer, Wein­traub said he is tak­ing plenty of good mem­o­ries with him.

“It felt from day one you knew the peo­ple walk­ing through the door,” he said. “They were nice peo­ple who in­ter­acted well with the staff. It felt like a good neigh­bor­hood place.” One ben­e­fit of the com­pet­i­tive restau­rant busi­ness in the Ex­ton area is that nearly all mem­bers of the staff of The Draft­ing Room have found new jobs, Wein­traub said.

BRIAN MCCULLOGH — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

The Draft­ing Room Tap­room and Grille in Uwch­lan closed for good on Mon­day.

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