Why did it take Brad Craig and Bob Storti four years to turn Toad's Tavern in Conshohocken into 8 East?
They did all the work themselves, and they did it during nights and weekends between their day jobs, says Robin Binnall, the manager.
Craig, an electrician, and Storti, a carpenter, are lifelong Conshohocken residents who simply wanted to create a blue-collar pub.
They ended up having to gut and refurbish the building, which Storti's father owns. It's off Fayette Street at 8 E. First St. (484-351-8452), next to Spamps and Spampinato's.
It's open for lunch and dinner Mondays through Saturdays (DJ on Friday and Saturday nights), and for brunch, lunch, and dinner on Sundays. Chef German Gonzalez has put together a menu of salads, sandwiches/burgers, appetizers, and entrees ($17 to $22), plus 20 beers on draft and 20-plus by the bottle. The second floor is used for private events. "It's not fine dining, nor do we want it to be," says Binnall.