Warren T. Scott, 59, restaurateur

Warren T. Scott
Warren T. Scott
Posted: October 12, 2012

Warren T. Scott liked to provide an environment that he called "a third space," his restaurant partner, Richard Rossello, said.

"The first space is home, the second space is work, and the third is a sense that people need a third place, a place where they can go to relax," Rossello said.

"He just enjoyed creating the environment that restaurants offer," that third space.

Mr. Scott, 59, of West Vincent, who co-owned several restaurants in the Philadelphia region, including the Chadds Ford Inn and Taquet in Wayne, died Tuesday, Oct. 2, at Bryn Mawr Hospital of complications from orthopedic surgery.

The only business the partners still owned, Rossello said, was the Four Dogs Tavern and its adjoining Marshalton Inn, in Marshallton, a village west of West Chester whose spelling differs from that of the inn.

Mr. Scott got a taste for the restaurant business early, his wife, Ellen, said.

"He worked his way through college in restaurants" while at the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated in 1976, she said.

Among his early jobs, he was a bartender at La Terrasse, a restaurant in the 3400 block of Sansom Street across from Penn's law school.

Mr. Scott and Rossello were partners in Philadelphia Story Inc., a restaurant management firm in Bryn Mawr.

The pair were reported in 1986 to own Chautauqua in Chestnut Hill, Kinterra in the Wayne Hotel in Wayne, and Quissett, a bookstore and cafe near the Haverford train station.

Rossello said Mr. Scott's first venture was Chautauqua, which he ran in Yellow Springs, Chester County, in the 1970s before moving it to the city.

"In January of 1981," Rossello said, "we opened our first place - Quissett."

The pair's best-known restaurant, he said, was Kinterra, after it became Taquet, in partnership with Francois Taquet.

In 1996, the pair's other Bryn Mawr firm, Blind Dog Inc., bought the Marshalton Inn and the adjoining tavern, but a 1997 fire destroyed the roof and parts of two floors of the inn, forcing it to close from January to October.

A behind-the-scenes manager rather than a chef or dining-room greeter, Mr. Scott often could be seen at his restaurants, Rossello said, "walking around in jeans with a toolbox."

He helped build houses, his wife said, including their own home and that of his parents.

Mr. Scott was also chairman of the committee that ran the annual Marshalton Triathlon, named for the restaurant, a combined bike race, canoe race, and fast-paced walk.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Scott is survived by his parents, John and Elizabeth Scott; a son, Wren; daughters Sarah and Emily Scott; a brother; and a sister.

A memorial service was set for 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Bradford Meeting, 1368 W. Strasburg Rd., Marshallton.

Mr. Scott's wife said donations may be sent to Carol Hanson, treasurer, Bradford Monthly Meeting, 588 Winfield Way, Chester Springs, Pa. 19425.

Contact Walter F. Naedele at 215-854-5607 or wnaedele@phillynews.com.

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