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January 8, 2021
Fresh Face: The Black Goat Gastropub
Andrew Denton is a Lancaster newcomer, but you wouldn’t be able to tell after eating at his new restaurant, The Black Goat Gastropub, located in the Spring House Taproom on King Street. With a locally sourced food menu, a community-minded business ethos, and an unshakable pride in the city he calls home, Andrew already ticks all of the boxes of being a Lancastrian…and he’s only been living here for a year.
But those 12 months have been action-packed: between learning butchery craft with Breakaway Farms in Mount Joy while cooking with the locally loved Commons Company, and brainstorming a business plan for The Black Goat, Andrew and his wife Stephanie (who oversees the restaurant’s marketing) may not be the first out-of-towners to move to Lancaster with hearts in their eyes—but they’ve been some of the quickest to make it home.
Andrew brings with him more than a decade’s worth of time behind the line, running the spectrum of cooking styles from fine dining to pub grub. Additionally, he spent years leading and growing teams in kitchens all over Bucks and the Lehigh Valley. Ultimately, Lancaster felt the most like home. “I wanted to be a part of the city,” he recalls. “People are really humble here, and proud to be from here. I remember thinking, ‘I need to own a business downtown.’”
The menu at The Black Goat Gastropub is playful, locally sourced, and most importantly: affordable. It features unfussy bar food classics like soft pretzels, fries, and wings that are enlivened with inspired yet familiar flavors. For Andrew, it’s all about what he simply describes as “good food” —good for the community, good for the local economy, and good for the soul.
Taste the goodness for yourself at The Black Goat Gastropub for lunch, dinner, and late night snack, Monday through Sunday. Visit their website at www.theblackgoatgastropub.com for more details.