The build-out of the new Salt House gastropub at 7 E. Ferry St. in New Hope continues apace, and we took the liberty of poking about with our camera during an unattended moment Thursday.
As first reported in the Free Press on April 20, Raven owner Steve Lau purchased the building, and is creating an innovative eatery there featuring a “pub/tavern atmosphere with the focus on food.”
Gastropubs are typically English or Irish-style pubs with higher-end brews and plates. Lau says the Salt House will feature “specialty cocktails and a gastropub-type menu with a big craft beer selection.”
Lau grew up in Hershey, where he helped form indie rock band Ocean Blue in 1986, playing keyboards and saxophone. He’s also lived in New York City, and has owned a house in Carversville for the last 15 years, along with a record label or two.
Lau purchased New Hope’s Raven at 385 W. Bridge St. in 2015 and, in October of that year, invited the nearby RRazz Room to move in.
The historic stone structure at 7 E. Ferry St. was previously home to the Hearth, Marcello Nord, and Martine’s, among others.
Looking forward to this.. Amazing idea and a wonderful addition to New Hope. Nice to see something beautifully crafted with flair and rustic appeal. I’ll be there. Lea