We’ve been working on Alison two for nearly a year. It looks like we’ll be ready to open soon. Of course, we’ll keep you posted. It appears that our timing will be like the perfect storm. Alison two will open at just about the same time that Alison at Blue Bell’s lease comes up for renewal.
We’re taking advantage of that wonderful coincidence. When Alison two opens, we will then begin renovation on Alison at Blue Bell. The entire Blue Bell staff will move to the new restaurant in Ft. Washington to ensure a smooth opening. Alison at Blue Bell will be closed during the renovation, for approximately 3 months.
The idea is to create two distinctly different restaurants, both with excellent food and warm, friendly service. We’re excited to move forward and provide even better dining experiences for our guests. In fact, many of the changes we are making at Alison at Blue Bell are in direct responses to customer comment cards and requests.
Alison at Blue Bell will be revamped from top to bottom — from replacing the carpeting and painting to restructuring the tiny kitchen. And, in what is expected to be a popular move – the restaurant’s electrical system will be updated so that it can accept credit cards and online reservations through Open Table.
When it reopens, the menu at Alison at Blue Bell will lean more toward Mediterranean fare, Chef Anthony Bonett’s forte. (Chef Bill Lewis and I are collaborating on international fare at Alison two.) And, the small, food-friendly wine list and selection of small-batch beer from regional breweries developed by General Manager Tom Pittakas, will be expanded.
We’re almost there and as the last few things are falling into place, keep an eye on this blog. We’ll keep you posted. Now is the time to hurry on in and enjoy the waning days of summer with us before the renovations begin.