The Ship Inn in Exton was featured on a July episode of the Food Network’s “Restaurant: Impossible,” where it was treated to a multifaceted overhaul, writes Ed Williams for Main Line Today.
During the episode, owners Michael Person and his wife, Gertie, openly discussed the business’s issues: mounting debt, an uninspired menu, and a micromanagement approach to employee relations.
The pandemic only worsened the inn’s already precarious position.
Chef/show host Robert Irvine pointed out several solvable menu and management challenges.
His intrepid team orchestrated a sorely needed redesign of the eatery’s casual dining area and bar. Whitewashed floors replaced 1970s-era carpeting. The crew then installed sail-shaped white canvas wall dividers and polished brass fixtures to offset the calming blue palette. The tables were replaced with ones sporting sand-colored mottled marble surfaces.
The menu has been expanded with several new offerings, including a Korean barbecue chicken cheesesteak, spice-crusted swordfish, and a vegan eggplant pita. Meanwhile, the homemade desserts, are rotated daily but still crafted to pair nicely with the inn’s Irish coffee.
The renovation also included a dog-friendly patio for use in the warmer months.
Read more about the raising of Exton’s venerable Ship Inn at Main Line Today.