Mother's Day Brunch at TWO Olive Branch Locations

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Treat mom to a delicious brunch at the newest location of Olive Branch in Dilworthtown. Catch up on the latest addition to the Olive Branch family in the article below but make your reservation now for a spot at either location.

Olive Branch Dilworthtown will be offering a Brunch Buffet with an omelet station, carving station and family style pastas, salads, bruchettas, baked goods and desserts. The Gay Street location will be offering a 5-course brunch including fruit, pastries and dessert. Complimentary mimosas and bloody mary bar at BOTH locations for guests. It’s the place to be for Mother’s Day! For more details or to make a reservation call the Gay Street location at (610) 431-7141.

Here’s a link to the article about the second location By SARAH E. MORAN, Special to the Local News.

CHADDS FORD — The former Antonio’s Italian Restaurant and Motel, just over the line in Delaware County, has new owners and a new name.

The McFadden Group, a real estate development and hospitality company controlled by Chester County businessman Brian McFadden and his family, bought the 12-room Antonio’s late last year and “completely gutted the place from the inside out,” McFadden said.

It’s now called the Budget Host Inn ( and is part of a group of 150 inns with more than 7,000 guest rooms in 37 states.

The McFadden Group is leasing the former Antonio’s Italian Restaurant to Marie Cantatore and Jon Rusakov, business partners in the Olive Branch Restaurant on West Gay Street in the borough.

They’ll call their new place Olive Branch/Dilworthtown.

Cantatore will handle the food side of things while Rusakov will be behind the bar.

The pair won’t get a liquor license until June but Cantatore and Rusakov still hope to open the restaurant — featuring small tapas-style plates and full menu items — by Mother’s Day.

Said McFadden about Cantatore and Rusakov, “I like their food. Marie has a proven track record and an innovative approach. People loved Antonio’s Italian Restaurant and she’ll do the same sort of thing here.”

At first, the Olive Branch/Dilworthtown will be open only for dinner. Lunch will be added later, in the bar area. Downstairs will eventually be remodeled into a European-style wine bar with live entertainment and a fireplace, said Cantatore, a former catering manager at West Chester University.

Future plans also call for an outdoor gazebo and seating for up to 100, plus a firepit to heat things up when the weather turns cool.

Sources said the group paid First Republic Bank, the motel’s and restaurant’s owner, $1.4 million for the four-acre property and buildings.

McFadden acknowledged that his company has spent $350,000 to renovate and refurbish the motel, which is in the 1400 block of Route 202, just south of Dilworthtown Road on the east side of 202.

Like all other Budget Host Inns, this one is independently owned. One advantage to affiliating with the company, McFadden said, is to gain access to the worldwide Global Distribution System, which gives the motel an online entrée to potential customers around the globe.

Said McFadden of his decision to align the motel with a budget-minded company, “Everybody today is looking for better value. We deliver champagne on a beer budget. Not everyone can afford to stay at a Marriott or a Hilton.”

Rooms at the motel — all

non-smoking — range from $69 to $119 a night, double occupancy.

Owned by the same family until First Republic took it over, Antonio’s struggled in its final years, said several neighbors who asked not to be identified.

The McFadden Group is best known in Chester County for building the Darlington Commons office building on the southeast corner of West Gay and North Darlington streets in West Chester, as well as winning the borough’s sweepstakes to eventually build the 72-room Warner Hotel off North High Street. McFadden said he’s in the process of finding financing for that project.

The McFadden Group also owns the 45-room Bryn Mawr Hotel and the 40-room, five-apartment Blue Water Inn, both in Ocean City, N.J.

McFadden said he wants to build a 60,000-square-foot self-storage facility in back of the motel. “All that land — it’s one of the reasons I bought the place,” he said.

He recently built a Perfect Self-Storage warehouse in Paoli.

To contact correspondent Sarah E. Moran, send an e-mail to [email protected].