There’s a major shakeup rocking one of the burbs’ best known restaurants. The Blue Bell Inn located on Skippack Pike in, duh, Blue Bell is going to change hands this fall. After 49 years at the helm of the historic landmark, chef-owner John Lamprecht is retiring, and selling the inn, which has been in his family since the forties, to Montco. commercial real estate developer Bruce Goodman, owner of Goodman Properties. The good news is, he isn’t going to tear it down to make way for strip mall. Instead, the plan is to make a few tweaks to the inn and its menus, and stay the course, according to a rep for Goodman.
To help with the project, Goodman’s partnering with Kevin Clib and Scott Dougherty, who together are M2K Restaurant Group and own Ambler hotspots Bridget’s Modern Steakhouse and KC’s Alley. It’s an especially special deal for Dougherty, who spent 11 years working at the inn, and was married there, too. They plan on refocusing the menu a little, playing up the seafood angle. Best of all, they don’t except any interruptions in service. The restaurant will continue to serve lunch and dinner, and launch a new menu in September. Renovations will begin in October and continue through the winter.