Sale of Ship Inn in Exton Goes Through, Microbrewery to Replace Popular Restaurant 

VK Brewing owners
Image via VK Brewing Co. & Eatery.
VK Brewing owners Najib Abiaad, left, and Jason Van Keuren.

The building in Exton that currently houses the historic restaurant Ship Inn has sold for $2.25 million and will become home to VK Brewing Co. & Eatery, a new microbrewery, writes Natalie Kostelni for the Philadelphia Business Journal

The 14,000-square-foot building along with liquor license and equipment was acquired by VK Brewing, a partnership between Jason Van Keuren and Najib Abiaad. 

The property was looked at by several restaurateurs but they were mostly discouraged by the historical nature of the 1796 structure that could prevent some renovations. However, Van Keuren and Abiaad, both of Downingtown, who had been looking to buy an affordable property to open their microbrewery, believed the site was a good match for them. 

“We felt it was amazing, but there is a lot of work to be done,” said Abiaad. 

The pair plan to make a series of renovations, both interior and exterior. 

Their goal is to create a dining environment that is “affordable and where people feel they can come multiple times a week and get a value,” said Van Keuren. 

Read more about the sale in the Philadelphia Business Journal

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