The Philadelphia Inquirer | A “Neighborhood Hangout”

The Philadelphia Inquirer | A “Neighborhood Hangout”

McKenzie Brew House in Berwyn has been converted into a “neighborhood hangout” called Will’s + Bill’s.

Last year, the Mangans shut down Berwyn and renovated it from top to bottom, and are in the early days as Will’s + Bill’s Brewery. (“Bill,” incidentally, is after patriarch Bill Mangan Sr., who over the years ran the Drexel Ale House in Upper Darby, La Grande in Chadds Ford, and Café La Grande in Malvern. He passed at age 90 in March 2021.)


It’s still a 200-seat bar-restaurant-brewery, but it’s taken on more of a ski-lodge/throwback, family-friendly air, with enormous, hoop-shaped lighting, wine barrel staves on the walls, and two fireplaces. Portraits of famous Bills and Wills line the walls.

The large, quartz-topped bar, lined with TVs (plus a piano for live music from Thursday to Saturday), is separated from the dining rooms.They pour 12 house beers, aged whiskies, bourbons, ryes and single malts, and the obligatory vodka sodas but made with fresh fruit.

Chef Antonio Bedoya’s menu is a something-for-everyone affair. There’s a starter of salmon tartare with crispy rice cake, pineapple salsa, and avocado cream, plus spicy cheese fondue, Old English crab dip, and raw bar items.

Mains include burgers, salmon BLT wrap, pastas, a 16-ounce bone-in ribeye, and one of the better deals in the western suburbs: a Sunday gravy-type meal of chicken Parm with pasta or rigatoni Bolognese, side Caesar salad, glass of Chianti, and gelato for dessert, all for $22.

For now, it’s open Tuesday to Sunday for dinner, starting at 4 p.m. Happy hour runs till 6 p.m.

The McKenzie Brew Houses in Chadds Ford and Malvern remain.

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