YARDLEY BOROUGH >> The Red House is officially open for business bringing its cutting edge “Feel Good Food” concept to the heart of downtown Yardley Borough.
Local officials joined owners Abby Rusk and Tim Wheeler on Saturday to cut the ribbon on Yardley’s newest restaurant, which is taking the place of Lena’s Deli at 35 South Main Street.
The new business, a partnership between longtime friends and chefs Rusk and Wheeler, is serving a brand new menu spotlighting contemporary American food with worldly influence.
For Abby and Tim, both trained at the Culinary Institute of America, Red House culminates their evolution as chefs and people who simply love creating with food and sharing the tasty results with with others.
“Our motto is ‘Feel Good Food’, which we see as working on two levels,” they noted. “One, is that of course we want people to feel good that they have dined with us. And two is that they can feel good knowing they are eating our healthier, carefully-sourced options that now even include our house-smoked meats, made right on the premises.”
Red House is also looking to provide a fantastic culinary experience for people with a variety of dietary needs and eating preferences. They are offering an expanded menu of options that include gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian meals, but also will have an array of food for meat-eaters and customers without gluten preferences.
“It’s not easy to find a local eatery that is sensitive to gluten issues,” remarked Abby. “And to be able to have both great-tasting gluten-free and non-gluten-free locally-sourced ingredients in one place, we believe is a win-win!”
Highlighting the Red House menu are its Amaze Bowls, in which customers can build their own power bowls by selecting up to two vegan and/or non-vegan proteins, up to five toppings and one dressing.
The menu also includes soup, salad and sandwich selections, including a V-BLT (rice paper bacon, lettuce, tomato, avocado with vegan mayo), a Vegghead (smashed chickpea salad, sprouts, tomato and mustard), Red House BB Burger, Red House BLT, grilled chicken pesto, grilled portobello, Spicy Cauliflower, Farmer (roasted turkey, tomato, arugula, Swiss and mustard) and more.
Other selections include smoked and hot pressed sandwiches including DG Roast Pork, Brisket and Cheese and BBQ Pork; pressed melts (grilled cheese, pepperoni, buffalo, bacon, truffle and more); a child’s menu; sweets; and breakfast offerings (only available all day on Saturday).
“It’s been a huge team effort getting this off the ground and we’re looking forward to being part of a thriving Yardley food scene,” said Tim. “We’re excited to put something new on the block with a different spin on food.”
“It’s exciting to have a business like this opening up,” said Yardley Borough Councilman David Bria. “Businesses like these are what makes Yardley a destination town. We’re happy to have them on Main Street.”
David Appelbaum, representing Experience Yardley, said over the past 10 years the diversity of businesses and food options has grown in downtown Yardley, adding new destinations to experience and enjoy.
“One of the goals of Experience Yardley is to build economic impact in the borough by turning Yardley into a destination,” said Appelbaum. “With people like Abby and Tim bringing their culinary talents and their good food to town, that makes our job much easier.”
“It’s a great morning and afternoon dining addition on Main Street,” added State Rep. Perry Warren. “Small family businesses like this one are the backbone of our economy and it’s nice to see another one. And it looks like it’s going to thrive on a growing South Main Street.”
Red House replaces Lena’s Deli, which had operated at the site for numerous years. Abby was the co-owner of Lena’s for the past five years.
“Everyone’s going to be able to eat here. Everyone’s going to be happy,” said Abby. “They’re going to go away feeling good. And every time you come in, you can have something different.”
“We really hope everyone will enjoy it. We think you’ll like it,” adds Tim.
The eatery is open Tuesday to Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. for lunch and take-out and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for breakfast (all day). For more information and details about catering, visit redhouseyardley.com or call 215-493-3354.