Our Team

Get to know the professional staff & management
at The Blue Bell Inn

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make your experience exceptional.

Scott Dougherty

Owner

If you’re from the area, you may recognize Scott’s name from two other Ambler restaurants: Bridget’s Modern Steakhouse and KC’s Alley Pub. Scott’s connection with The Blue Bell Inn began in 1990, when he began his role at The Blue Bell Inn as a bus boy. By 1992 Scott was managing the front of the house and continued as maître d’ at The Blue Bell Inn for 9 years. Together with Kevin Clib, owner Scott Dougherty is breathing new life into The Blue Bell Inn each and every day.

Kevin Clib

Owner

Kevin Clib’s career in hospitality is built upon growing small-town restaurants into regional standouts. He first partnered with Scott Dougherty in the late 90s when the two set out to open their first restaurant. They went on to open two highly successful Ambler eateries: KC’s Alley Pub, and Bridget’s Modern Steakhouse. Kevin Clib shares a vision of transforming The Blue Bell Inn into a dining venue that retains the majestic 270-year history, while refining the experience to boast unmatched modern sophistication.

Leah Kaithern Patterson

General Manager

Originally from Southern New Jersey, Leah Patterson trained at the Culinary Institute of America in Poughkeepsie, New York and began her career in the kitchen at the Four Seasons Hotel in Philadelphia. She quickly moved on to front-of-the-house roles for critically acclaimed local restaurateurs Marc Vetri, Chip Roman, and Stephen Starr.  Following her time in Philadelphia, Leah moved to New York where she helped launch Lincoln with Jonathan Benno, landed a role at Anita Lo’s Michelin-starred Annisa, and worked with the Starr RestaurantsOrganization at Café Storrico and Buddakan NYC.  Leah was named one of Zagat’s Top 30 Under 30 NYC. After assisting with the opening of Stephen Starr’s Le Diplomat in Washington D.C., Leah returned to Philadelphia where she resumed her work with Chip Roman, expanding and re-branding the Roman Restaurant Organization. In addition to working as a general manager of his flagship property, Leah’s work included significant back-of-house infrastructure updates, the launch of a corporate catering program, and opening two additional properties. She joined the Blue Bell Inn team in August 2015.  Leah and her husband John Patterson, the executive chef of Fork Restaurant, live in Old City, Philadelphia.

James Davidson

Executive Chef

Chef James Davidson, a New Jersey native, garnered experience working in a number of well-known Boston restaurants before landing in Philadelphia, where he worked in the kitchen of Barclay Prime—a high-end steakhouse from Stephen Starr. He then went on to open Butcher and Singer, another Stephen Starr steakhouse in Center City. From there, he became the Executive Chef for the German beer garden, Frankford Hall, and has also helped run the kitchen in the neighboring Stephen Starr BBQ spot, Fette Sau.

Alicia Maestas

Director of Sales & Events

As the Director of Sales & Events for The Blue Bell Inn, Alicia Maestas has a passion for creating, planning, and executing the finest events in a planning environment that is enjoyable and effortless for hosts. Alicia believes in creating an atmosphere where her hosts can be a guest at their own events. Alicia joined The Blue Bell Inn in 2013 after gaining private event management and sales experience at Cescaphe Event Group and Marathon Restaurant in Philadelphia.

Ryan Karle

Assistant General Manager

Originally from Southern New Jersey, Ryan Karle received his law degree from Widener University and then promptly put his practice on hold to pursue a nearly 20-year passion for the restaurant industry. Most recently, Ryan served for 5 years as floor manager at Redstone American Grill. Ryan joined the team in 2014 and now services his guests as the Assistant General Manager.