25 YEARS OF FINE FOOD & DRINK
Since taking the reins at London Grill in the fall of 1991, co-owners Chef Michael McNally and Terry Berch McNally have established the restaurant as a Philadelphia landmark, building its reputation for creative, bold menus and an uncommon culinary standpoint. London Grill’s bar also impresses with a rare and unusual selection of spirits, a highly celebrated cocktail list and a reputation for serving the latest and greatest craft beer.
Located in the city’s historic Fairmount neighborhood, a short walk from the Franklin Institute and its neighboring museums, London Grill has been featured in Philadelphia magazine, Philadelphia Style, The Wall Street Journal and US Airways magazine. In his review, The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Craig LaBan wrote, “You can’t get this kind of cooking in most neighborhood restaurants, but the London Grill pulls it off with a blend of laid-back ambience and quality food that sits just right.” The restaurant has been named “Best Neighborhood Restaurant” by Philadelphia magazine.
Co-owners Terry Berch McNally and Chef Michael McNally have long advocated for the Fairmount neighborhood of Philadelphia, even fostering its recognition on the city’s official downtown map. Their work at London Grill and the adjacent Paris Wine Bar continues to enrich the area through neighborhood events and community activism.
“We are thrilled that after 20 years in business, people are still responding so enthusiastically to London Grill,” says Berch McNally. “We consider ourselves very lucky to be able to throw a party every night and count on our neighbors and friends to show up and have a great time.”
The McNally’s have kept London Grill relevant and exciting, year after year, since 1991. After taking over, they changed the restaurant’s name from “London” to London Grill. The following year, a new draught beer system was installed, expanding their offerings from four to 12 and making way for Berch McNally’s ambitious craft beer program. London Grill was the first bar in Philadelphia to offer Sierra Nevada, Anchor Steam and Willie Sutton Lager, their house beer from Stoudt’s, on draught, and has been a participant in Philly Beer Week every year since its inception in 2008.
In 1993, the McNallys purchased the building where London Grill operates, as well as the building next door. They were pivotal in the push to legalize outdoor cafes in the city, and have operated their own since then-Mayor Ed Rendell approved the outdoor cafe bill in 1996. In 2000, they added a 42-inch flat screen TV to the bar area, making London Grill a home for the neighborhood’s soccer, baseball and football fans.
The McNallys have been honored by the James Beard Foundation, earning a commemorative membership in the prestigious group for their ongoing work with the non-profit foundation. In addition, their ardent support of foie gras earned them a mention in author Mark Caro’s Foie Gras Wars. The McNallys are proud to live and work in Philadelphia.