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It’s hard to imagine now, but in 1998 when the three co-founders of Iron Hill first came to West Chester with a view to opening a restaurant here, all four corner buildings at the intersection of High and Gay Streets were empty. They joked about tumbleweeds blowing down the streets at dusk. With only a few other restaurants in town, they weren’t convinced West Chester was a good fit for the second Iron Hill location. Shortly afterwards, however, they returned for the Christmas parade—and they saw that people would come into town for a great event (or restaurant). So they set to work transforming the old Woolworth’s building into a restaurant and brewery—and that investment initiated the transformation of downtown West Chester.
Iron Hill’s mission is to inspire loyalty, in both guests and employees. “Great employees make for a successful business, and that translates to our guests.” The partners—Kevin Finn, Kevin Davies, and Mark Edelson—want everyone, whether they’re regulars or first-time guests, to feel a sense of belonging and to experience something fresh. “If you’re not a regular guest already, we hope to make you one,” they say.
Being part of the fabric of the community is one of Iron Hill’s core values. Through their Give 20 (percent) program, numerous hyper-local charities partner with Iron Hill to raise money for their groups. Iron Hill also worked with the Chamber as a founding partner for the annual Criterium bike race, where they continue to showcase West Chester as the title sponsor of the featured Pro-Am cycling event. In addition, Iron Hill West Chester donates $0.75 ($1.50 total) to both CureSearch for Children’s Cancer and The Delaware Valley Children’s Charity for every Triple Chocolate Hill dessert sold, every day.
With such warm hospitality, great food, award-winning beer, and a rich double fudge brownie that gives back, there’s no longer any danger of tumbleweeds rolling down Gay Street.