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…?
HughE Dillon tips us off to the expansion now underway above Franklin Mortgage and Investment Company. The expansion is rumored to be a couple weeks out. We’re excited to see what’s behind the brown paper.
Bar Notes: Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. On The Move [PhillyChitChat]
Photo by HughE Dillon
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 (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]
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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Franklin Mortgage and Investment Co. is rolling out its new drink menu this evening. As always there are more than a few intriguing offerings. Peruse away.
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As of May 21st The Franklin Mortgage and Investment Co. is now three years old. To celebrate this milestone The Franklin, lead by Head Bartender Al Sotack, has come up with a special “Best Of” menu. The “Best Of” will feature drinks from the first and second of The Franklin’s quarterly-changing menus from back in 2009.
Offered from June 4th to June 30th the list starts with the usual “Required Reading”, but now with a selection of classics from when The Franklin was just starting out, like the Champs Elysses. Followed by the “Easy Going” section (for softer cocktails like Main Line Wine) and “The Flowing Bowl” – returning three punch bowl favorites – the menu revives all The Franklin’s best concoctions. “Rebellious Spirits” get two pages of the menu, as usual, but brings back everything from the Inland Julep to the Royal Burgh. The list finishes up by adding cocktails like Restraining Order and Cowboy Killer (one of Philadelphia magazine’s 20 best drinks in Philadelphia) back to the “I Asked Her For Water, She Brought Me Gasoline” menu.
Congratulate The Franklin by trying some of their throwback offerings, but do it before July 1st, when they change once again to the Mid-Summer menu.
Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. [Official Site]
The Franklin is doing killer monthly happy hours that they call “Extra Credit”–5pm-8pm, Monday through Friday. The deal? A few of the bar’s excellent custom cocktails, selling for just $9 a pop (which, by Franklin Mortgage standards, is a helluva deal).
This month, they’re calling the series “Ice, Ice Baby” and serving heavily iced drinks in honor of the return of the warm weather. But I’ll let them describe what they’re up to.
Theory: Nothing says warm weather like a crushed ice cocktail. These are four from menus past. Please do enjoy. And gentlemen, just so we’re clear, drinking from a straw doesn’t make you look stupid, but spilling crushed ice all over the table does.
So what four drinks are the Franklin’s tenders slinging?
Food & Wine names the 50 Best Bars in America and includes Franklin Mortgage and Southwark.
The Peckinpah (mezcal, rum, lime juice and blackberry-habanero syrup) is singled out at Franklin Mortgage while Sazeracs, Jupiters and Mary Pickfords all get the nod at Southwark.
50 Best Bars in America [Food & Wine]
No, not this Lemon Hill.
Remember back a couple weeks ago when we first heard about the new project going into the former (not so) Lucky 7 space in Fairmount? Back when we thought (oh-so-briefly…) that the new concept moving in was going to be called Biddle?
Yeah, well shortly after that we discovered that someone had been premature with the naming and that the place was not, in fact, going to be saddled with that too-cutesy moniker. We were hoping it would be called Welsh & Prensky’s Chicken ‘n Whiskey after partners Mike Welsh (of Franklin Mortgage) and Mitch Prensky (of Supper), but that didn’t fly either. The official name–Lemon Hill–was revealed a few days later, but now we have a few more details, including an opening date.
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