Mary Sinton, of Kennett Square became a patron of Hank’s Place in the 1960s. She stopped by the restaurant’s new location 201 Birch St. on Wednesday to have breakfast alongside her daughter, Hester O’Gara and son-in-law, Jim O’Gara. Sinton said everyone’s been so looking forward to Hank’s Place reopening, as the business shut down on September 1 2021 due to the damages caused by the floodwaters of Tropical Storm Ida at its flagship location on Creek Road in Chadds Ford, Delaware County. (JEN SAMUEL – DAILY LOCAL NEWS)
KENNETT SQUARE — Loyal patrons are celebrating the return of Hank’s Place to gather as friends, family and community members.
Mary Sinton, of Kennett Square became a patron of Hank’s Place in the 1960s.
She stopped by the restaurant’s new location 201 Birch St. on Wednesday morning to have breakfast alongside her daughter, Hester O’Gara and son-in-law, Jim O’Gara.
Sinton said everyone’s been awaiting the return of Hank’s Place.
The business shut down on September 1 2021 due to the damages caused by the floodwaters of Tropical Storm Ida at its flagship location on Creek Road in Chadds Ford, Delaware County.
“We’re so looking forward to this,” Sinton said just prior to sitting down with her family to enjoy breakfast at Hank’s Place for the first occasion in more than a year.
“She has five daughters,” said daughter Hester O’Gara. “And we all take her to Hank’s Place.”
Kennett Township residents Louise Brown and Gertrude Zerbe were at Hank’s Place just before 10 a.m. Wednesday.
“This is wonderful, said Zerbe of the reopening of the beloved community establishment in Kennett Square
Shutdown since Hurricane Ida hit the region as a Tropical Storm on September 1, 2021, Hank’s Place held its official grand opening on Monday at its new location in Kennett Square at the corner of South Broad and Birch street.
When Ida hit, the floodwaters caused unprecedented damage to the restaurant’s flagship venue at 1625 Creek Road, Chadds Ford. Yet for owners Kathryn Young and Anthony Young, there is hope and vision to reopen there in the future — after the rebuilding is done, which may take several years of dedication and perseverance by the married couple before that dream becomes a reality.
“We are committed to rebuilding in Chadds Ford but unfortunately the approval process is taking longer than expected. And, we have encountered a few stumbling blocks,” said Kathryn Young on Wednesday. “In the interim, we needed to get back to business.”
Hence the new location in Kennett Square, where a two-year lease has been signed.
“We are full of smiles and emotion to be back open again in a brick and mortar location. for Anthony and I, we needed to. get back to. business and begin the healing process and also allow the community to do so,” said Kathryn.
“Ida greeted us after COVID-pandemic when everyone was searching for comfort and a feeling of home,” she said. “Kennett Square is a stepping stone to getting back to rebuilding in Chadds Ford, but Anthony and I are not ruling out staying. in Kennett Square either. right now we are remaining nimble as we navigate the new chapter of Hank’s Place.”
Her husband, Anthony Young, lauded the patrons of Hank’s Place for their unwavering support.
“Our loyal patrons have been behind us since Ida,” Anthony said. “They have helped from the clean out at the original location, to visiting us at our food trailer, to supporting us at local township meetings and now in our new location in Kennett Square. our customers are our family too — everyone has missed all the familiar faces and our handcrafted comfort food.”
The couple hopes to raze the existing structure on Creek Street and build a new structure that is flood-proof. Prior to opening the new venue of Hank’s Place in Kennett Square, the Youngs served breakfast from a mobile food truck on the property, located just shy of the Brandywine Battlefield and diagonal from the Brandywine River Museum of Art.
In Kennett Square on Wednesday, patrons entered Hank’s Place with smiles and laughter, greeting longtime servers and fellow supporters alike.
“Our staff is exceptional, our legacy employees are very much a part of our company. the hank’s culture. We are all like family and whereas determined to reopen Hank’s Place as we were,” Kathryn said.
The young family purchased Hank’s Place in 2017.
“Hank’s Place has a 70-year history in the Brandywine Valley, once a hamburger stand, the thriving icon of the community, where art, handcrafted food and history come together. It paints a picture similar to the legacy and history behind the walls,” Kathryn said.
She said Hank’s Place is unique for a few reasons: “our handcrafted from scratch kitchen, our employees and community and a lot of love.”
Kathryn continued, “When you visit hank’s we welcome all our guests, as if they are coming to our home. Not many establishments still offer that human connection.”
“We look forward to welcoming our loyal friends and guests back while making new friends as we settle into Kennett Square,” Anthony said.
The pair are hopeful Hank’s Place can reestablish its dinner service and signature pre-order holiday meals in the weeks ahead.
Hank’s Place is open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Monday and closed on Tuesday. The hours are subject to change upon the start of dinner service in the near future.
“Anthony and I have been searching for a relatively turn key restaurant since early summer,” Kathryn said. “We looked at many properties in the surrounding area but we were very specific in what was required in order to maintain a similar guest experience. Borough Mayor, Matt Fetick introduced us to the team at square root collective and here we are — with our doors open to the public in exactly 45 days.”
Some of the most popular items folks order are Hank’s Place include the breakfast bull’s eye, Kennett mushroom omelet, roasted beet salad, and house roasted turkey club sandwich
As for the support of Hank’s Place loyal patrons over the years, Kathryn said, “There are not enough words to show our appreciation for the outpouring of support.”
The team. (JEN SAMUEL – DAILY LOCAL NEWS)
The Boss family traveled from West Grove to have breakfast at Hank’s Place in Kennett Square on Wednesday. (JEN SAMUEL – DAILY LOCAL NEWS)
Longtime supporters of Hank’s Place and West Chester residents, from left Samuel Dupont, Letitia Clark, Katia Akimenko, traveled to Kennett Square on Wednesday to enjoy breakfast at 201 Birch St., the site of a new venue for the beloved regional business, which closed for more than one year after Tropical Storm Ida flooded its flagship location on Creek Road in Chadds Ford, Delaware County. (JEN SAMUEL – DAILY LOCAL NEWS)
From left, Louis Marson of Kennett Square, Mike Pepe of Wilmington, Delaware, and Joe Pepe of Newark, Delaware, dine at Hank’s Place on Wednesday at 201 Birch St. (JEN SAMUEL – DAILY LOCAL NEWS)
Members of the Kennett Fire Co., from left, Stephen Nose, Justin Krieger and Richard Franks, dine at Hank’s Place at the corner of South Broad and Birch streets on October 19. (JEN SAMUEL – DAILY LOCAL NEWS)