Improvements to the Wescosville, Pa., property include a new facade and foyer, reinvented Foundation Tavern, an expanded covered deck, remodeled event center, a new pro shop, and a bridal suite. Renovations are expected to be complete by early August.
Renovations at Shepherd Hills Golf Club in Wescosville, Pa., are expected to tee off mid-summer, the Allentown, Pa., Morning Call reported.
Krocks Pub, which opened in 2002 in the clubhouse’s lower level and will be renamed Foundation Tavern, has a new owner, Robert Ashford, who is implementing a host of changes to the pub as well as the property’s banquet facility. Improvements, which began a few months ago, include a new façade and foyer, expanded tavern and covered deck, remodeled event center and golf course upgrades, the Morning Call reported.
“We should be firing on all cylinders by late July/early August,” General Manager Michelle Konish said.
The Hut, a covered deck that debuted in 2006, was the first to be renovated. The outdoor dining area, with a 21-seat bamboo bar, has new synthetic teak furniture and an expanded portion that is not covered, allowing diners the option of sitting in the sun. Still to come are more lighting fans, televisions, sound equipment and an adjoining lounge area with couches and a firepit, the Morning Call reported.
The bigger Hut, offering seating for more than 100, held a soft opening last weekend. This Friday, it will host a Cinco de Mayo party with giveaways, live music and new food and cocktails, the Morning Call reported.
Krocks Pub, housed on the building’s lower level, is expected to close for remodeling for about a month beginning in June, Konish said. Walls will be knocked down and a pool table will be removed to make way for more dining space, the Morning Call reported.
The restaurant will feature a “gastropub industrial feel,” complete with exposed steel beams and vinyl flooring made to look like wood, Konish said. The enlarged tavern will offer seating for 120 at booths and tables with chairs, plus about 25 stools at the rectangular bar, which will be overhauled to include a new quartz top, the Morning Call reported.
New Executive Chef Bert Dedman, who previously worked at Fegley’s Brew Works restaurants, has developed new menu items such as fresh-cut fries and a smoked pulled pork sandwich with more selections to debut following the Foundation Tavern’s opening. Diners should look forward to more vegetarian and vegan options, as well as various entrees, including flat iron steak, pasture-raised pork, antibiotic-free chicken and seafood, the Morning Call reported.
On the building’s upper level, a portion of the roof was raised to allow for a 14-foot-high foyer with a chandelier. Connected to the main entrance, it will feature a door leading to the event center and a staircase leading down to the tavern, the Morning Call reported.
The 200-capacity, upper-level banquet room, to be renamed the Event Center at Shepherd Hills, is being overhauled with new flooring, lighting, a refurbished wooden bar and more. Walls have been knocked down to allow for a more open-concept room and sky lights have been added to a front room, which can be closed off for cocktail hours and other functions, the Morning Call reported.
The event center is accepting bookings for weddings, corporate dinners and other private events, starting in the fall, the Morning Call reported.
Ashford, who operates Locust Valley Golf Club in Upper Saucon Township, also is improving the golfing facilities at Shepherd Hills. A former storage building, adjacent to the pub, was converted into a new pro shop as the former pro shop, on the lower level of the main building, is converted into a bridal suite, the Morning Call reported.
According to Billy Hallman, head professional and manager, 65 new golf carts were purchased and new cart paths were added to the course areas prone to wetness. Also, the bunkers are being redone and the irrigation system is being expanded, the Morning Call reported.
Other improvements will include new signage, kitchen equipment, a stone and stucco façade and furniture in the tavern and event center, the Morning Call reported.