Society Hill Society To Replace Artful Dodger

society-hill-society-logoOne of the most asked queries that land in our inboxes over the past few months is just what is coming to the corner of 2nd and Pine Streets, the longtime home of the Artful Dodger. Requests for information have gone unanswered and now, less than a week before the grand opening details have finally been revealed.

Michael Klein gets the details on Reed Barrow’s first bar and restaurant, Society Hill Society. The neighborhood tavern concept will have JG Domestic and Rosa Blanca chef de cuisine, Yun Fuentes in the kitchen where he will be serving up a menu “inspired by classic Pennsylvania flavors, served in a casual atmosphere.”

Among the highlights:

  • Potato Pancake with apple marmalade, horseradish cream and salmon
  • $8 hamburger
  • Pork Belly served with apple, ham broth and dumplings

The menu ranges from $4 for bar snacks to $32 for a sirloin steak served with green beans, almonds, golden raisins in a demi-glace.

Fuentes is also preparing a seasonal multi-course menu based upon locally available ingredients. Right now that means he’s debuting with a “cold spring” menu. The price of which will vary based on ingredients.

The bar program is overseen by former Farmers’ Cabinet employee Paul MacDonald. Wine is available by the bottle or glass ($10 to $12) and has a small but interesting bottled beer selection. Pilsner Urquell is the one beer on draft.

Check out the eight cocktails that make up the drink menu below.

bluecoat gin, white vermouth, breckenridge bitters, lemon twist

bourbon, orange juice, lime-coriander syrup

rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, amaro meletti, absinthe, lemon twist

laird’s apple brandy, lemon juice, orange juice, green tea, angostura bitters, egg white

vodka, lemon juice, cucumber-watermelon syrup, peychaud’s bitters

white rum, lime juice, demerara, rhubarb-thyme shrub, club soda

jamaican rum, lime juice
orange juice, demerara sugar, amaro averna, tincture of habanero pepper

london dry gin, tincture of fine herbs, lemon juice, cane sugar

Full food and drink menu for Society Hill Society (PDF)

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  • Whatever!

    I have to say that is the worst name for a restaurant ever!
    I guess people put inspired in quotes so they can actually do anything that is not “inspired” by what they are inspired by.
    None of the highlights are classic Pennsylvania flavors.
    A base escoffier base preparation which you use to make sauces and is not actually a sauce is the sauce for the steak.

    • meagan

      Place looks nice from what I have seen, who cares what they call it the neighborhood needs a nice place so I don’t have to take a cab to Rittenhouse square

      • Lord Windsor

        If you lived in Society hill, one would deduce your economic means do not make $9 cab rides prohibitive to your social life. Agreed the name is terrible or at the very least lazy and unimaginative.

        • Dr_Evil

          Kind of a ridiculous comment. One reason people live in a city is so that they can walk to places within a reasonable proximity. Money has nothing to with it. Oh and a $9 cab ride each way is roughly two drinks, just saying.

  • tommykillfigure

    Predictable Ad Agency decides to make Hipster version of City Tavern…yawn, next.

  • Rigoberto Nuñez

    Maybe the reason they refused to answer requests for information was that they were embarrassed by how unbelievably stupid the name of the place is.

  • Sooverit

    Uggh Farmers Cabinet…

  • Matt

    American Dodge Ball Association of America

  • Dr_Evil

    I’m really excited about the place. I’ve peaked through windows and space looks amazing. Menu looks good too. I hope they deliver on the hype because the neighborhood needs this type of place. Go SHS.

    • Marcellus Picadillo Masterson

      How has it been for you there as an employee?

  • Billy Ray Bejeezus

    One beer on draft, and not even an interesting one. Nice market research there.