Tonight: Free Drinks At Franklin Mortgage (No, Really)


The cocktails at Franklin Mortgage are not exactly cheap. But tonight, some of them will be offered at the best price of all: Free.

Tonight, from 8 to midnight, all drinks made with Diageo products (which means Johnnie Walker, Bulleit, Ketel One, Cuervo, Tanqueray, Crown Royal and more) will be on the house. Totally gratis. Discounted by 100%. Oh, and what’s more, head barman Al Sotack will have some help behind the long oak with legendary drink-slinger Jim Meehan (from PDT in Manhattan) and his friend Ricky Gonzalez lending a hand. Free drinks. Good company. What’s not to love?

Sobriety is so overrated…

Franklin Mortgage [Official]

New Cocktail Menu At Franklin Mortgage


The one constant at the Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co.? Change. And today, head bartender Al Sotack is releasing the cocktail bar’s 14th menu–which features 8 classics and 20 new staff submissions from the likes of Sara Justice (the Florence Kelley Club) and Colin O’Neill, who started at the Franklin as a barback, now has his own night (Thursdays) and a mutant Old Fashioned called the Boss Lady on the new menu.

Check out the full board below. It goes into effect starting tonight for the customary 3-month run.

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Lemon Hill Takes Over the Food at Franklin Mortgage

Lemon Hill has taken over the food program at Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. chef Joel Mazigian will be preparing seasonal snacks like Speck with house mustard, Bayley Hazen Blue with pear vanilla aigre-doux and candied walnuts.

And remember, it’s never a bad idea to mix in solids during a drinking session at the Franklin.

Franklin Mortgage [Official Site]


New Drink Menu for Fall at Franklin Mortgage

It isn’t just restaurants that change menus for the season. Franklin Mortgage and Investment Company’s menu changes are always worth taking note of. This one more than most because it is the first since Colin Shearn has left for St. Charles Exchange in Louisville. Head barman Al Sotack says “this menu more than any other illuminates the varied talents and interests of our staff as a whole. Every bartender is represented.”

Sotack says new GM Christina Rando’s “Fevre Dream” is one of his personal favorites. It’s “a delicate swizzle that plays Tanqueray off of Cocchi di Torino vermouth and a house apple mango chamomile tea.” Also look for some Autumnal favorites of prior menus to make a return such as the Sam Hain (a brandy Old Fashioned with house pumpkin syrup) and the Dolly Rocker (a gin cooler with house lemon thyme shrub.)

Franklin Mortgage and Investment Co. Fall 2012 Menu (PDF)

Franklin Mortgage and Investment Co. [Official Site]

About Last Night: Oh, Bartender…

So last night was out first-ever Open Stove cocktail night–in which we took the Open Stove formula of public competition, secret ingredients, surprise twists and loud smack-talking and applied it to the craft of drink slinging. By the time the night was done, two of the city’s best barmen had gone toe-to-toe in COOK‘s culinary Thunderdome, everyone in the joint was swimming in high-test happy juice, and a victor had been chosen.

Here’s how it all shook out–in pictures, courtesy of COOK’s #1 shooter, Yoni Nimrod.

Hey, what are those guys doing with that sack full of kittens…?

Mitch Prensky Out At Lemon Hill

So there was this rumor kicking around this afternoon that Mitch Prensky–chef-owner of Supper and the man behind the menu at Lemon Hill–was gone from the new(ish) Fairmount eatery which he helped open, along with the Franklin Mortgage crew. And after a few phone calls, we came to find that, this time, the rumors were true.


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Playboy Lists Franklin Mortgage as One of Nation’s Top Bars (For Those Of You Who Actually Do Want To Read Playboy For The Articles)

Playboy (yes, that Playboy) has announced its list of the best bars in the country and Philadelphia’s own Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. has made the cut. Under the four categories named on the list (Dive Bars, Seduction Spots, Classics and Mixology), the Franklin came in under “Mixology” (of course), sharing space with nine other joints where the cocktail is king.

All told, Playboy’s editors named about forty bars, and the Franklin shared space with some serious national heavy hitters like The Violet Hour and Aviary in Chicago, Sazerac in New Orleans, and Drink in Boston. Playboy had much to say on the Franklin’s classic aesthetic:

Named for the company that served as the front for what was once the largest illicit booze ring in the country, this establishment is an homage to the pre-Prohibition era: the style, architecture, music, even the lightbulbs—and, yes, the drinks.

Cheers to you, Franklin Mortgage.

Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co [Official Site]

America’s Best Bars 2012 [Playboy]



Tapestry To Host Tiki Tuesdays

Starting today and continuing on the second Tuesday of every month, Tapestry is turing into a beach side tiki bar with tiki attire, island music and a cocktail menu of rotating tiki drinks.

Mike “Juice” Treffehn of Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. will be guest bartending and offering a menu of eight classic tiki drinks. Prices will range from $8 to $13 with most tiki drinks coming in at $9.

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