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Restaurant Roving: Cascade Lodge is back with a new identity

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Cascade Restaurant at Durham Springs opened quietly last month after months of planning and renovation at a site that has a history of hospitality that goes back 70 years.

Part of the Durham Springs Culinary Events Center in Kintersville, the upscale restaurant and wedding venue is the creation of partners Ian Humphreys and Dan Fehlig, who have owned a home in nearby Lower Saucon Township for 22 years.

They weren’t looking for a new business when they chanced upon the former Cascade Lodge during a drive through Bucks County.

Humphreys is retired from a career in education while Fehlig owns The Upper Crust catering company in New York City. But they quickly fell in love with the former lodge, recognizing it as an opportunity to create a premier restaurant and party venue in scenic Bucks County.

“It’s one crazy notion of a retirement plan,” laughed Fehlig as he stood in the elegantly appointed dining room of the restaurant. Outside the window, one of the famous Durham Springs cascaded down a hill.

The partners chose Francesco Martorella as executive chef. A Palisades High School graduate, he worked at prominent Philadelphia restaurants such as Le Bec-Fin, Ciboulette and Bliss before coming home to work at Cascade. There he has crafted a New American menu with upscale interpretations of familiar dishes.

Martorella’s roast chicken breast is served with chanterelles, spoonbread and a violet mustard sauce, while his slow-cooked salmon is accompanied by crab risotto and a vermouth chive sauce. Boneless beef short ribs are served with cabbage, baby brussels sprouts and red wine glaze, while his duck breast shares the plate with sweet potato puree, roasted pears and a sweet port wine glaze.

For vegetarians there is a curry hot pot with butternut squash, sprouts and sweet potato. Pasta lovers will find the chef’s hand-cut tagliatelle on the menu with shrimp, oven-dried tomatoes and a pepper and lemon sauce.

The handsome new bar at Cascade features photographs from years past plus its own menu of bar bites that includes cheese steak empanadas, a Black Angus burger, lobster cocktail and a tempura tasting plate with shrimp, peppers and shiitake mushrooms.

Weddings are already being booked for Cascade, which has private event spaces as well as acres of property ideal for outdoor weddings.

Brides who are married there also have the added luxury of a full-service hair salon on the premises.

The restaurant is closed Monday and Tuesday, but will open New Year’s Eve for two seatings. The first seating is a four-course dinner; the second will include six courses and dancing.

For the partners, the decision to create Cascade allows them to “refresh and carry on” the tradition of hospitality that began 70 years ago when Cascade Lodge first opened. It’s a homecoming for them as well.

“We’re coming home,” Fehlig said. “We get to be in the place we want to be around the people we care about to do the thing we love.”

CASCADE

Restaurant at Durham Springs

5065 Lehnenberg Road

Kintnersville

484-907-2100

durhamsprings.com

Hours: 5-10 p.m. Wed.-Sat., 4-9 p.m. Sun. Sunday brunch coming soon.

Cost: Appetizers $14-$21, soups and salads $12-$14, entrees $26-$35, bar bites $10-$21.

Full bar

susan.yeske@gmail.com


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