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Dining Out: Think fantasy heroes at Pop Inn

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If you like Batman, “Star Wars,” Disney characters, X-Men, “Game of Thrones,” Superman, Spiderman, and all of the other fantasy heroes, you might want to pop in to a new tavern in Chalfont that’s all about pop culture.

Pop Inn opened this month with a short menu, 70 kinds of beer and an owner who has been collecting comic books and figurines since he was a young teenager.

“I have wanted to own a restaurant since I was in high school,” said Brent Tutwiler, who opened the restaurant at the former site of Borghi’s Main Street Grille with his wife, Jennifer.

The former owner of My Favorite Shoppe in Peddler’s Village, Tutwiler saw Pop Inn as a way to showcase his own love of comics and collectibles while creating a fun environment or those who share his passion.

“This is a place to have fun where people can be themselves and talk about every facet of pop culture,” Tutwiler said.

The restaurant has three bars; one is decorated comic-book style, another has “Star Wars” décor, and the third is Disney themed. There also is a game room where a Planeswalkers league holds competitions and on Thursdays there are Monopoly tournaments.

Tutwiler said he hired bartenders who are local “all-stars,” including Darin Swartley, who previously owned a comic book store and is an expert on beer.

Tutwiler wrote the menu, which he said is expertly executed by chef Peter Kaiser, a “Star Wars” fan who keeps things interesting with new specials each day.

The short menu has a variety of pub-style appetizers including wings, nachos, cheesesteak eggrolls and mac and cheese. Each dish has a pop culture-themed name, including Tutwiler’s personal favorites, Olive Oil’s BF, a cheese and spinach dip, and the Foghorn, fried chicken bites in a waffle cone.

The main menu includes We Found Nemo, classic fish and chips which the menu promises “No actual Pixar characters were harmed in making this dish.”

Other entrees are the Triple Dog Dare featuring three hot dogs with different toppings, and Tutwiler’s beloved SinSinCity. A take on Cincinnati chili, it is housemade chili served over a pile of spaghetti, topped with cheese, kidney beans and onions.

For those in search of something lighter, there are salads and beef burgers, plus the Poison Ivy, a veggie burger made using beets and topped with arugula, cucumber, tomato, onion and chipotle aioli.

The menu continues to be a work in progress, with chef Kaiser creating new dishes that eventually could become permanent additions.

“We are working on adding tacos,” said Tutwiler, and eventually the tavern will serve brunch on Sunday mornings.

Trivia nights also are in the works, planned for Tuesdays. In addition to traditional trivia questions, there were will rounds featuring pop culture.

In the meantime, visitors can be entertained by televisions throughout the tavern, which show a steady stream of fantasy and cartoon movies. For sports fans, at least one television is kept tuned to whatever sports are in season.


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