Philadelphia super-chef Jose Garces will operate a new Rosa Blanca Cafe on the north end of the renovated Dilworth Park when that spot — on the west side of City Hall — re-opens next month.
Garces was on hand for a press conference Tuesday morning describing the renovations. He said the cafe will offer “Cuban-inspired” cuisine and be open in time for the breakfast crowd.
“We really looked in our brand, and at the dynamic that’s going to be happening here: People in public spaces, hanging out,” Garces told reporters. “We thought the Rosa model was really good, because of the pressed sandwiches, salads, empanadas … we wanted to bring a true Garces experience to the square.”
The cafe will have a liquor license — able to serve after 5 p.m. on weekdays, and all day during the weekends — allowing for the possibility of a “mojito on the square,” he said. The cafe will seat roughly 35 people, with room for two dozen more patrons outside.
Sandwiches and salads, he said, should cost about $6-$9 apiece.
“We want it to be really accessible to folks,” he said. “We’re truly proud to be part of a great public works project that should be fantastic.”
Cafe at Dilworth Park [Center City District]