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Dining Out: When one restaurant closes, another takes its place


When you step inside the Jury Room at Lilly’s Gourmet in Doylestown you see a few tables, a small bar and large tanks where beer is brewing.

At first it appears to be a small restaurant, but a set of stairs leads to additional seating upstairs and during Sunday brunch the seating area spills over into the adjacent Lilly’s Gourmet.

The Jury Room is the latest creation of Lilly Salvatore, this time in partnership with Drew Scott of Geronimo Brewing Inc.

Salvatore is an experienced restaurateur who has owned other restaurants in the area including Lilly’s on the Canal in Lambertville, N.J. and Lilly’s Gourmet.

The Jury Room, which gets its name from the nearby Bucks County Courthouse, opened Dec. 1, replacing the former Café America.

During the day, Wednesday through Saturday, Jury Room customers can order from two menus: the one for its sister restaurant, Lilly’s Gourmet, and its own. After 3 p.m., when Lilly’s Gourmet closes, they can order from the Jury Room menu, and on weekends from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. they can order from a special brunch and lunch menu.

The menus offer different options. Lilly’s Gourmet customers can choose from an assortment of sandwiches, wraps and salads. The Jury Room offers shareable selections of taco pizza, fried chicken sliders, cheesesteak nachos and eggplant fries, plus entrees of fish tacos, St. Louis ribs, custom blend burgers, cheesesteaks and avocado tacos.

The Jury Room brunch menu includes potato pancakes, stuffed French toast, breakfast nachos, and the soup du jour with avocado toast.

In the Jury Room customers can choose from a changing array of Geronimo seasonal beers on tap. Right now those include Jury Room Dos Pale Ale, Milk Run Dark Ale, Buff Stout and Wee Heavy Scotch Ale. Beer lovers have been finding their way to the area’s newest microbrewery, according to the restaurant’s staff, and coming back each week to see what’s new.

In addition to beer, the small bar serves Faber Craft Spirits, which are made in Trumbauersville. Currently in the works are cocktail recipes for the Jury Room featuring Faber’s white rum, gin and vodka. Also sold is hard cider from Stone and Key in Montgomeryville.