A year and a half after buying Bucks County's landmark Doylestown Inn (18 W. State St.), partners are preparing to open a 150-seat American bistro on the ground floor called The Hattery Stove & Still.
Todd and Samantha McCarty, Donna and Ronald C. Isgate, and Jody Quigley retained Ed Doherty of One Degree Hospitality, the restaurant consultant who opened and ran such downtown projects as Capital Grille, The Waterworks, and Union Trust Steakhouse, to find a chef and set up the operation. It was last known as The Inn on State Street.
They target April for the opening.
The look by Rost Artisan Builders is being described as "antique industrial," and plays off earlier uses of the property, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. In its 110 years, the inn has also been a hattery, a cigar shop, and speakeasy during Prohibition. (Which explains why they're building a jug into one of the walls - a longtime tavern on the property was called the Jug In the Wall.)
Rost decorated with antique-market finds such as reclaimed pumpkin pine floorboards, an antique still, a collection of burlap coffee bags (yes, people apparently collect such things), a wall of vintage suitcases, dozens of cigar boxes, a player piano, a collection of period photos from around the region dating back more than 100 years, a circa-1920 ice chest, a "speakeasy" side door with sliding peep hole.
Design wow will be a hat tree that rises from the lower level floor boards and spans two stories. It will be adorned with vintage hats.
A lobby level bar includes a base constructed from wooden beverage boxes from the early 20th century and a bar top containing rivets reminiscent of an antique aircraft wing. A lower level bar uses a 1932 Oldsmobile, complete with suicide doors, in the design, along with 16 beer taps for American crafts.