Tomorrow, Friday, March 6th, Hawthornes will kick off its Quick Sip delivery service. The service, which was made legal by a recent PLCB ruling, will allow the beer cafe to deliver beer to customers via a fleet of bikes. The service requires ID upon delivery and is subject to the same restrictions that takeout beer is, namely no more than three six packs of beer.
The service will allow users in Most Center City and South Philadelphia neighborhoods to order growlers, local, imported and even some macro beers as well as cider and variety packs. Delivery times are expected to be within an hour.
A twelve-pack of something like Bud or Bud Light is $18.95, a craft six-pack of Sly Fox Pils is listed at $16.95. Those prices include the tax and delivery fees. Gratuity is extra.
We’ve already seen several impressive rebirths this year. Hawthorne’s has reopened after a blaze forced the beer cafe and bruncherie to close for almost a year, and they’re now offering beer delivery. Jose Garces has opened the Olde Bar at Bookbinders. The most impressive thing about this Olde Bar might be how little has actually changed. Even the plaques dedicated to faithful customers of Old Orignal Bookbinders remain. Earlier this week, the old Frankie Bradley’s, a well-known restaurant that fed the stars for 50+ years at 13th and Chancellor reopened as Franky Bradley’s. It’s now a nostalgic and sexy bar and restaurant from Silk City’s Mark Bee.
Not bad for the slowest time of year for restaurants.
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Yesterday we told you that Hawthornes is close to coming back and was teasing a big announcement. We assumed that it would be related to passing a health inspection or something similar.
Turns out it’s much bigger than that. Hawthornes will be delivering beer. Dribs and drabs of a recent PLCB decision to allow licensed restaurants to also have a Transporter-for-hire (delivery) license have been popping up. Turns out that decision was reached because of petitioning from Hawthornes owners, Chris Fetfatzes and Heather Annechiarico. You can read the whole opinion rendered here.
So when Hawthornes reopens during the first week of January, Hawthornes Quick Sip will have a fleet of motorbikes that will deliver beer on ice.
How is that for a happy new year?