Ice cold drinks at Riverstone Cafe

EXTON, Pa. - August 23, 2011

Owner Nick Cacchione invested in a dispensing system that has vodka and gin in ice-encased taps. It comes out at five degrees Fahrenheit.

Only pure liquor goes through the system. Flavorings common in vodka are water-based and would freeze in the lines.

The system has its own refrigeration system. Depending on the humidity in the dining room, you might see the taps shrouded inclear ice or opaque white. But the liquor inside is unaffected.

Cacchione says the system allows him to serve martinis neither shaken nor stirred. The cold product means no ice is necessary, and that's revelation to some customers.

They're used to the flavor of a drink that waters itself down, and these martinis are as undiluted as you can get. Liquor brands in the system rotate regularly.

There are always four choices on tap. Others are available from the bottle as you'd find at other bars. There's also a generous selection of beers on tap.

The menu coordinates well with the liquid choices. There are always fresh-shucked oysters, plus tapas and larger plates, pizza and flatbreads.

The atmosphere is casual and families are welcome.

Riverstone Café is in the Whiteland Town Center, off Route 100 just north of U.S. 30. They offer lunch and dinner daily from 11:30 am.

The dining room is open until 10:00pm, midnight on Friday and Saturday. They have live entertainment some evenings.

There's also a Sunday brunch from 10:00am to 2:00pm. For more information or reservations, access Riverstone Cafe where you may join their Café Club, or phone 610-594-2233.

You may also reserve via Open Table.

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