The Blockley & Mary Oaks Up For Late April

Philadelphian Ned Taddei plans to open The Blockley Pourhouse and Mary Oaks in late April. The Blockley will be a bar with pub fare and live music while Mary Oaks will be a beer and wine-centric restaurant. Both are located at 38th and Ludlow in West Philadelphia. The menus are by Ross Essner who has been at Django, Rx and most recently, Taproom on 19th.

blockley1At The Blockley, the stage will be the centerpoint with state-of-the-art sound and lighting. Gradually rising seating around the stage should give a good vantage point from throughout the venue. With a capacity of 800 people Taddei hopes to bring in up and coming acts much like the old Chestnut Cabaret. The food menu will include interesting pub fare like jerked chicken “nuggets,” Chesapeake Bay Fries with vermont cheddar and jumbo lump crab meat plus wild boar sausage. Prices will top out at $14. 

mary_oaksMary Oaks will have a more extensive menu meant for sharing. There will be 24 beers on draught, 80 bottles of beer and 40 types of wine, many available by the glass. Mary Oaks is meant to be more low key than the Blockley but a wooden barn door can be opened to join the two spaces. 

Joe Sixpack has the opening draft list over at Beer Radar. 

The Blockley [Official Site]
Menus for the Blockley Pourhouse and Mary Oaks [Meal Ticket]
New in West Philly [Beer Radar]

Quick Bites

Tandoori chicken pizza? That’s just one of the pies slated for the Tiffin backed pizzeria headed next door to the popular Girard Avenue establishment. [The Insider]

Meal Ticket has Ross Essner’s menus for The Blockley and Mary Oaks. Esnner was at Django before a recent stint at Taproom on 19th. You’ll find interesting options from lobster pierogies to garlic and rosemary scented slow roasted pork on the menu. [Meal Ticket]

If you like Pils style beers you’ll love Citizens Bank Park this summer. Victory Prima Pils, Sly Fox Pikeland Pils and Troegs Sunshine Pils are all on tap. [Beer Radar]

Bish Bish Cafe offers up pizzeria and Middle Eastern eats at 1740 Sansom Street. [Meal Ticket]

Fork’s Thien Ngo surfaced at Coquette about a month ago. Meal Ticket details some of the flavors he’s brought to the under $20 menu. [Meal Ticket]

Maia’s Main Line saga has taken another turn as Patrick Feury says he’s at Nectar full-time. [The Insider]

Restaurant Alba in Malvern is getting a liquor license. [Main Line Dine]

Quick Bites

Bistro 7′s Michael O’Halloran was looking to open a second restaurant a year ago but that deal fell through. Now he’s back, aiming to open Kong, a Chinese comfort fooder at 702 N 2nd St, the former home of Sovalo. [The Insider]

Tony Luke’s is going international with frozen microwavable sandwiches. Look for them in your grocer’s freezer this April. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

Homestyle grub and “killer breakfasts” are available at Williams Cafe near the corner of 13th and Christian. [Meal Ticket]

The Daily Pennsylvanian has some more details on Ned Taddei’s The Blockley Pourhouse and Mary Oaks restaurant set to open at 38th and Ludlow by the end of the month. [Daily Pennsylvanian]

When we read “Doc Watson’s” and “locked in” in the same sentence we thought the pub was back to its old antics. But no, current owner Barry Sandrow is locking himself in the bar to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. [Daily News]

The Blockley Coming To University City


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A tipster pointed us towards a Craigslist ad for the Blockley Pourhouse, a “beer garden/gastro pub” looking to open March 12th at 38th and Ludlow in University City (former home of everything from Brownie’s 23 East to Koko Bongo). We don’t have much more information yet but if you’re interested in working there, they’re having open calls tomorrow, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

The name Blockley comes from the William Warner Estate of Blockley, the area that is now known as University City. But as the University City Historical Society notes, the name Blockley (like Koko Bongo) was “a synonym for misery, sordidness and suffering.” Much of that associated misery came from the Blockley Almshouse which met with an awful demise (PDF) in 1864.

But hey, now a new chapter in Blockley lore is about to be written and we hope it will be a better one.

The Blockley Pourhouse [Official Site]
New Bar/Restaurant Open House (University City) [Craigslist]

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