In 2011, the owner purchased a small restaurant and bar in Oreland. We closed the old restaurant for two months and re-opened it as Bernie's Pub. It was a hit from day one. We loved our Oreland family and for nearly four years they loved us right back. But Bernie's Pub, while nice, was small. The kitchen was tiny and seating was limited.
So one day, the owner saw a vacant site on the corner of Highland Avenue and Wharton Road in Glenside. To be totally honest, he passed it twice a day for 3 years before he had the bright idea that the site could be the new home for Bernie's. The site had a lot to offer...located in Glenside, the hometown of the owner; close to Jenkintown and the Old York Road corridor and a few blocks away from the Keswick Theater. So, it had it all!
A phone call to the land owner later that day and year of planning, refining and building later, you have what you see now...Bernie's Restaurant and Bar...a roughly 170-seat restaurant (including the patio seating).
Most of you come to Bernie's for the great food and the extensive offering of craft beers and wines. But if you look closely, we built into the new restaurant some pretty cool stuff (all for the comfort of our guests). For instance, there are USB ports built into the bar so that you can charge your phones while you drink and dine; all of the artwork is original pieces; we made sure that all of the bar seating was super comfortable (everyone hates a hard bar stool); we built a 15-foot center fireplace wall into the restaurant so virtually every table enjoys the warmth and glow of the fire; and we created a colorful and fun patio area for your spring, summer and fall (and sometimes winter) enjoyment. And our bathrooms are nicer than most dining areas in other restaurants. Seriously! And even though you can't see it, we built a state of the art kitchen.
But with all of that said, it comes back to the food and we've had 4 years at the old place and now 4 months at the new place to hone the menu. First, all of it is fresh. Nothing frozen. Second, we've brought all of our favorites to the new place...the Honey BBQ Wings, Poutine, Ahi Tuna, Parmesan Punched Potatoes and of course- our burgers. Rounding out these favorites are the great entrees from Chef Raul, home-made desserts and fresh ice cream from Tanner's Dairy in Bucks County.