Bala Cynwyd, PA

Lark at Ironworks in Bala Cynwyd Opens

Marilyn Johnson

Celebrated restaurateurs Fia Berisha (formerly Elements, Mistral) and Nicholas Elmi (Laurel, In the Valley) of BE Hospitality and The Landing Kitchen are pleased to announce the opening of a sister restaurant, Lark, in partnership with Penn Group.

Located just across the river from Manayunk, Lark’s seventh-floor rooftop dining room and terrace boast a scenic treetop and riverside overlook from the Ironworks at Pencoyd Landing property at 611 Righters Ferry Road in Bala Cynwyd. Lark will open its doors for the first time on Saturday, October 23 at 5 pm, and will operate Wednesday through Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m., moving forward, with expanded hours to follow in the coming weeks. 

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Interior of Lark in Bala Cynwyd, PANeal Santos

A coastal Mediterranean restaurant with an emphasis on handmade pasta and sustainable seafood while celebrating the abundance of the Mid-Atlantic, heritage meats and locally sourced vegetables round out the menu. The format of the menu is designed to put guests in the driver’s seat of creating their own, approachable yet artful, including:

  • Sea Urchin Deviled Eggs, with chive, preserved citrus and caviar
  • Butter Roasted New Jersey Scallops with honeynut squash, pumpkin seed and guanciale vinaigrette;
  • Goat Cheese Gnocchi with broccoli, pine nut, and crispy speck;
  • Grilled Short Rib with cipollini, tardivo, and black pepper bone marrow butter.
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Expect Coastal Mediterranean Cuisine at Lark in Bala Cynwyd, PANeal Santos

A seasonal variety of desserts will be made in-house and coffee and tea service will both be available.

The dinner menu will be complemented by a thoughtful bar program of elevated craft cocktails and an approachable wine list. Spearheaded by Berisha and General Manager, Nicole Sullivan, wine selections include small produced old and new world favorites, spanning the natural and zippy to the classically produced. Lark’s bar menu will also be rooted in a unique selection of local spirits sourced from distilleries across Pennsylvania and New York primarily. Creative mocktail and after-dinner cocktail menus will also be available. Lark was designed for casual dining and imbibing — drinks and snacks can be enjoyed at the bar or on the scenic, fire pit-adorned terrace.

“After the warm welcome The Landing Kitchen received after opening in March, we are thrilled to finally share Lark with the local community, which has been so supportive of our vision of bringing spectacular food to the Main Line,” explains Chef Nicholas Elmi, partner at BE Hospitality. “There is so much beauty surrounding us at the Ironworks, from the scenic Schuylkill River to the Manayunk treetops, we wanted to create a dining experience that captured all of that while upholding our high-integrity sourcing, balanced with our desire to be an approachable neighborhood restaurant.”

Nestled seven floors high overlooking the reimagined Ironworks riverfront, Lark boasts an expansive dining room, Lounge, and Library (private dining room), plus a scenic rooftop terrace with seating available seasonally. Like The Landing Kitchen, Lark was a collaborative design project between BE Hospitality’s Fia Berisha and Penn Group’s Donna Galvin, this time taking a more eclectic approach. The dining room and lounge are dark and edgy with clean lines, while the Library skews more natural to serve as a beautiful canvas for events and parties. 

“Pulling inspiration from minimalist aesthetics, we set out to develop a warm and welcoming space that can serve as the backdrop for an array of dining and event experiences,” explains Fia Berisha, partner at BE Hospitality. “The design process was meant to enhance not distract from the beauty that surrounds us while incorporating some of the property’s history. Like Nick’s menu, which is simple yet elevated, we worked toward a minimal design with eclectic touches. In the end, I think we built an approachable destination for any day and occasion.”

Lark will also serve as an event destination, in addition to a full-service restaurant. Prepared to accommodate gatherings of 20 people to 250+ person events and receptions, Lark is complete with a flexible layout and a variety of spaces and configurations to create a high-quality and memorable event. 

“Our goal is to create a welcoming environment perfect for a casual weeknight meal, a multi-course Saturday dinner, and any culinary-driven event under the sun — from weddings, engagement parties and birthdays and even office gatherings and holiday parties,” says BE Hospitality’s Fia Berisha.

Lark will be open four days a week from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, with expanded days/hours to come this winter. Indoor and outdoor seating options are available with reservations via Resy. Happy hour service to roll out in the weeks to come and private lunch and brunch events are open for future bookings.

Marilyn Johnson is a freelance food and travel writer covering the food and drink scene of Philadelphia, South Jersey, and beyond. Food news: phillygrub@gmail.com. Travel tips: phillygrubtrips@gmail.com.

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