- Neighborhood: Center City East
- 1121 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
- Phone: 215-225-8232
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- Cuisine: American
- Alcohol: Full Bar
- Meals Served: Dinner
- Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
We gave you a look inside Petruce et al earlier this week as they were preparing for tonight’s opening. And now we have Petruce’s opening drink list. A list that is particularly interesting with the dynamic duo of Tim Kweeder and George Costa.
The list includes classic cocktails as well as some interesting “new school” versions as well. A small but interesting wine selection is available by glass and bottle. Beers are available on draft as well as beer and bottle.
They just got the ovens lit up two days ago. Last night, they did the first menu test for the servers–which, according to Justin Petruce (who’s running this namesake joint, along with brother Jonathan) did not go smoothly.
“It was kind of a shitshow,” he laughs. Not everything on the menu worked. Not everything came out on the plate as good as it sounded on paper. So today, he’s tinkering. His brother is tinkering. The whole kitchen crew is tinkering–playing with the new, wood-burning ovens and adjusting the amount of black garlic that goes with the pork and getting turnips ready to go in the oven–while, down in the bar area, George Costa tries to get the POS system working, gives up and starts buffing and polishing the floors instead.
It's a prep day at Petruce et al. With four days left before the first paying guests come through the door, the brothers are re-thinking the menu, worrying about an inspector that's due any minute and looking ahead to tonight when, at 6pm, they're going to be doing another dinner--friends and family this time--where the food has to be...well, better.
Still, even with all of this going on, they let me in to snap some photos of the space, the ovens, the supplies, the prep lists, and just generally get in everyone's way. So you wanna get an idea of what Petruce is going to look like when it opens this Friday? Then just check out the photos after the jump.
The sharp eyes over at Eater Philly noticed that Petruce et al–the multiply-delayed Walnut Street project from the Petruce brothers, Jonathan and Justin–is now accepting reservations through Open Table. The big day appears to be Friday, March 21.
And that seems about right. Most recently, the crew has been stymied by the installation of hoods and ventilation for the kitchen, but I’ve heard that this problem either is, or shortly will be, in the past. The team is hoping to fire up the kitchen some time in the next couple days to start testing things out in advance of the public opening next week. So here’s hoping this final leg of the marathon goes smoothly.
Oh, and for those of you out there who just have to be the first ones in to any new restaurant of note, I’d snag those Friday reservations now. People have been waiting a long time for this place, and there’s no saying how fast the tables will be snapped up.