The Gables at Chadds Ford is situated on land that was originally part of a 138 acre land grant from William Penn to Brinton King. Around 1745, a pre-Revolutionary style house was built on the property. This was one of the first homes to be built in Pennsbury Township. For the next 100 plus years, the property operated as a working farm and quietly became part of the Brandywine Valley’s history. The route along Route One is well known to have housed numerous stops for the Underground Railroad during the Civil War. It has been suspected that the King house may have been one of these stops.
The house was renovated in the late 1800s by George C. King, son of Brinton King. He adopted the popular Victorian style by adding wrap around porches and twenty three gables. Two of the four original chimneys from the pre-Revolutionary style home are still visible. In March of 2002, the house was placed on the National Historic Register.
The bank barn was built in 1897, and the farm became a traditional dairy farm until the late 1940s. The barn then reincarnated into Dario’s Dairy Bar and General Store. Dario’s featured Elsie the Borden Cow on the side of the building. By the 1960s, the site became the Country Kettle, a home-style diner many Chadds Ford residents may remember.
In 1997, Jack McFadden purchased and renovated the historic house and barn into what is now known as The Gables at Chadds Ford. The restaurant features the original frame, steel-framed doors and windows, and Bendheim restoration glass. The banquet room is accented with a stunning wall of French windows and is crowned with an antique chandelier. Live music is featured on Thursdays. The name for the restaurant was derived from the large number of gables, (gable n. the triangular upper part of an outside wall, between sloping roofs), that are featured on both the Victorian House and the restaurant.
In 2011 Ann and Dan Kolenick purchased The Gables. They have been restaurant owners/operators since 2006, when they purchased a seafood restaurant in Atlantic Beach on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. After major renovation, they transformed it into McCurdy’s On Moonlight Bay, one of the most popular tourist destinations on the island. But their Pennsylvania roots drew them home and they set their sights on moving back to this area.
Ann is from Wallingford, PA, Dan is from Pottsville. They met at the University of South Carolina, where Ann earned a BS degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management. After working in a management position for a few months, Ann decided to focus her efforts on cooking. She enrolled in the prestigious Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College in Philadelphia, graduating Summa cum laude with a degree in Pastry Arts. Her Bourbon Street Chocolate Banana Cake won First Place in the 2010 North Carolina Chocolate Festival Professional Bake-Off and First Place in the 1st Annual Kennett Square Chocolate Lovers Festival. This is one of the featured desserts on the Gables menu!
Dan’s degree is in Criminal Justice and he is a licensed private investigator. Having worked in restaurants since the age of 14, he brings with him a wealth of experience, along with the conviction that working with Ann in the family restaurant business is his true calling. Dan is always working with the chefs to create new dishes to keep the menu fresh and exciting, so don’t be shy about sharing your thoughts and ideas with him. And for all you sports fans, Dan is passionate about Philadelphia sports so be sure to meet him at the bar for a rehash of the latest game. Ann and Dan look forward to continuing their success at The Gables. Check this website often for upcoming special events, Happy Hour offerings, and expanded menu items.
Welcome to The Gables at Chadds Ford!