Oldestone is a brand new restaurant in the legendary 1800s church that operated as world-famous Marsha Brown's for 18 years. Located at 15 South Main Street in New Hope, the new owners have given the Bucks County property a refresh from top to bottom.
Marsha Brown chose to leave the restaurant business during the pandemic, passing the baton to new owners she hand-selected to take over the famed property in New Hope. She also sold her recipe collection along with the bricks. The new owners and several staff members have a long history with Marsha. There is even an area dedicated to Marsha and her legacy. Marsha's spirit will live on in Oldestone.
The 9,000 square foot dining destination features two floors plus a loft level with a capacity of up to nearly 250 people for the entire space. The first-floor dining room and bar accommodate 111 people, the second-floor dining room seats 106 people, and the third level loft lounge with bar seats 36.
The downstairs bar is nearly 20 feet long and seats 24 people, and the new upstairs bar in the loft lounge area is 12 feet bar that seats six. The new bar is an authentic bar from Vermont that dates to the 1920s with stained glass and lights in the back.
Other decor elements include 1950s art deco stylings, unique design elements including chandeliers seen in the Keanu Reeves movie John Wick 3, church-stained glass windows, original church pews, and a church pulpit plus a 30-foot-tall mural called Redemption.
The tradition of bells ringing every hour continues. After Thanksgiving, the bells ring Christmas music through New Year's Day, and they hand them out to every guest.
Oldestone provides an elegant steak and seafood fine dining experience under the tutelage of Executive Chef Seth Wheeler. A touch of the traditional creole dishes (jambalaya, lollipop lamb chops, and eggplant Ophelia) from the previous establishment will remain on the menu.
Partners in the new restaurant are Wilfer Naranjo, Michael Sklar, Gaspar Ferrara and Vincent Ferrara. Naranjo and Sklar also own the Greenhouse New Hope restaurant, and brothers Gaspar and Vincent Ferrara are their landlords.
This destination for fine and special occasion dining will soon become a favorite of diners, food lovers, neighbors, tourists and visitors from New Hope, Bucks County, the Philadelphia region, the tri-state area, the East Coast, and beyond.
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