Meet the New Owners of Resurrection

resurrection_ale_houseWe told you last month that Leigh Maida and Brendan Hartranft were selling Resurrection Ale House. Today, we have some news on the new owners, Andrew Wagner and Marcus Versace.

Wagner is the chef and has worked for the Starr Restaurant Organization for the last twelve years, mainly as executive chef at Jones and now at Continental Midtown. Versace is a bartender, working at Las Vegas Lounge and since 2004 at Coco’s on 8th Street.

The pair have known each other since 2003 and promise to build on what Maida and Hartranft have started at Resurrection. Expect a neighborhood bar and restaurant that will offer value, “high energy, a fun atmosphere, and great food & drink.”

As for a name, they’re holding out for now. In the meantime, Resurrection is still open and will be through at least September 21st, the bar’s fifth anniversary.

Resurrection Ale House [Foobooz]

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  • ShillHak

    “Art’s Shill House” would be da trufe

  • 1DayN

    I have it on good authority the new establishment will in fact be called Coose’s Corner.

  • baloney pony

    Coco’s and Las Vegas Lounge are about a million steps lower on the totem pole than Resurrection. This news is not pleasing.

  • ActiveShooter

    This is not the direction that I was hoping this place would go in. Coco’s? Srsly? I predict this place will turn out like a mash up between Twilight Lounge and The Strip Joint.

    • Thephillywineguy

      What direction is that? Successful? There is a reason those folks are selling their business – because nobody in the neighborhood likes their snobbish attitude. They actually told the new owners that Naval Square (a huge gated community filled with affluent young professionals, and located directly across the street) was NOT their target market. Who the hell is then?

  • phillygirl0020

    i thought that resurrection was trying too hard with the small plates. i live nearby and never found myself craving their food, and i preferred sidecar as a weeknight place. however their fries and curry ketchup were very good. the neighborhood needs a casual place where people can hang out after work and eat well-executed comfort food. the fact that the chef worked at jones is promising.