- Neighborhood: Center City West, Graduate Hospital
- 2400 Lombard Street, Philadelphia, PA
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- Cuisine: Coffee
- Meals Served: Breakfast, Lunch
- Price: $
- Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
- Hours: Sunday to Saturday: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
This morning’s ride to work included a detour to 24th and Lombard where Jonathan Adams and Damien Pileggi had quietly opened their Rival Bros. Coffee storefront. The corner location has large windows that let plenty of sunlight into the sophisticated slate, black and white interior. Light oak flooring, leather banquettes and custom-made sapele wood tabletops keep the space in balance.
As for coffee, the storefront of course offers Rival Bros. coffee that many have come to know from the coffee truck and their coffee which has been being sold around town. The equipment is serious with a custom matte black La Marzocco GB/5 espresso machine from Florence, Italy serving as the centerpiece. The coffee shop also includes a Fetco Extractor coffee brewer and Mahlkoenig grinders. Additional beverages include whole leaf loose teas from Philadelphia’s House of Tea to grab-and-go bottles of water, juices and Fentimans all-natural sodas.
Jonathan Adams and Damien Pileggi have landed a storefront for their Rival Bros. Coffee Roasters. The pair has been serving their coffee from a truck parked at 33rd and Arch as well as special events around town. Now they will have a home without wheels at 2400 Lombard Street. Although the neighborhood is familiar to Adams who has worked nearby as a chef at Pub & Kitchen and Snackbar, the location came to them organically. In fact, their real estate broker was Bruno Pouget who had opened the original Caribou Cafe across the street back in the 1980s. Adams told me that a storefront has always been a part of the plan and Pileggi and he are excited to take their business to the next level.
For food, as much as Adams might like to be baking in the new space, it doesn’t sound like that will work out. Adams does say that there will be more to eat than just chocolate croissants and that he’s interested in bringing in “some great stuff, interesting food.”
Adams won't commit to a timeframe more specific than winter of 2014, noting there's a lot to get done.
Rival Bros. Coffee Roasters [Foobooz]
Get ready to say goodbye to the big communal table at Fork Etc.. Ellen Yin is converting the casual next door neighbor of Fork into High Street on Market. The new concept will feature the food of chef Eli Kulp from morning to evening. The menu will change often to showcase of-the-moment-ingredients. Kulp promises something for adventurous eaters at dinner in family-style dishes that use the best ingredients he can get, plus techniques like fermenting and brining to pull all the flavor out of every ingredient.
For breakfast, High Street on Market will offer breakfast sandwiches, as well as savory and sweet pastries. Rival Bros. Coffee will be provided in the restaurants brand new La Marzocco coffee machine.
At lunch, artisanal sandwiches, salads, pastas and more will be dominate the menu. The on-site bakery will also provide a new list of house-made breads that will be used on the sandwiches and be available for sale.
A drink list will focus on hand-crafted drinks made using house-made shrubs and infused liquors.
Managing High Street on Market as well as Fork is newly appointed Paul Rodriguez. Before returning to Fork (where he had been an assistant wine director), Rodriguez made a name for himself in the front of the house at Village Whiskey and Tinto.