We’ve already seen several impressive rebirths this year. Hawthorne’s has reopened after a blaze forced the beer cafe and bruncherie to close for almost a year, and they’re now offering beer delivery. Jose Garces has opened the Olde Bar at Bookbinders. The most impressive thing about this Olde Bar might be how little has actually changed. Even the plaques dedicated to faithful customers of Old Orignal Bookbinders remain. Earlier this week, the old Frankie Bradley’s, a well-known restaurant that fed the stars for 50+ years at 13th and Chancellor reopened as Franky Bradley’s. It’s now a nostalgic and sexy bar and restaurant from Silk City’s Mark Bee.
Not bad for the slowest time of year for restaurants.
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Yesterday we told you that Hawthornes is close to coming back and was teasing a big announcement. We assumed that it would be related to passing a health inspection or something similar.
Turns out it’s much bigger than that. Hawthornes will be delivering beer. Dribs and drabs of a recent PLCB decision to allow licensed restaurants to also have a Transporter-for-hire (delivery) license have been popping up. Turns out that decision was reached because of petitioning from Hawthornes owners, Chris Fetfatzes and Heather Annechiarico. You can read the whole opinion rendered here.
So when Hawthornes reopens during the first week of January, Hawthornes Quick Sip will have a fleet of motorbikes that will deliver beer on ice.
How is that for a happy new year?
Hawthornes, which has been closed since a fire in March is teasing that today is a big day as they close in on reopening. If we had to guess, we’re thinking it might be final inspection before they get the go ahead to reopen. The beer cafe also debuted a new logo which has inspired us to play another game of Logo Throwdown.
So which do you like, the old or new look?
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Hawthornes is coming back, and with a bang, people. After a fire above the Bella Vista bruncherie and beer store in February damaged the building, Hawthornes is expected to reopen around the end of November. The restaurant will return with new menu items, more seating, and more booze, thanks to a full liquor license. Along with the new drink options, more beer taps will be added, as well as a new growler station.
Hawthornes has also mentioned another beer surprise, “an ace up their sleeve,” that they feel will revolutionize the beer side of things.
The cafe has added a baking department, which will be whipping up muffins, rustic loaves of bread, and more, every morning. Not only that, there will also be an eight-seat breakfast counter, right next to a new and bigger fireplace.
Sunday dinners will also be available, and Hawthornes will also be opening for earlier hours during the week.
Despite a fire closing down Hawthornes earlier this year, nothing can stop the beer cafe from enjoying a full day of beer, food and music.
This Saturday, July 5th, from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. join Hawthornes as they host the 5th Annual IPA Block Party. With drafts from all over, great food and live music going on the entire day, you should start getting excited for the weekend now. Entry is free – just pay as you go (cash only) and enjoy all this party has to offer.
Check out the official draft list below.
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It appears that this year’s supply of Russian River Pliny the Younger has just about run dry. Philly Tap Finder’s last published tapping happened just a few hours ago. But since this is Philadelphia, our taps certainly haven’t run dry of great and in several cases, rare beer.
Bishop’s Collar, which poured the city’s last known keg of Pliny still has plenty of great IPAs pouring and is worth a trip today. The Sidecar’s monthly High Gravity Night is also tonight and includes high alcohol favorites like Bear Republic Apex, Bell’s Hopslam and Mikkeller Monk’s Elixr.
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On Friday, February 21st the building Hawthornes Beer Cafe resides in was heavily damaged by an electrical fire. The fire started in one of the apartments above the beer and brunch spot, leaving the building uninhabitable for the residents and Hawthornes. This weekend the staff of Hawthornes sent out an update to their email list.
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Fire at Hawthornes Cafe | Photo via Fox29
A fire has broken out above Hawthorne’s Cafe at 11th and Fitzwater. Fox29 has reported that the fire is in an apartment above the popular brunch and beer spot.
UPDATE: Hawthornes responds
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We’re certain you have your day of service in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. planned out. But if you need a hearty breakfast before you start, Chris Fetfatzes’ Hawthornes and The Cambridge are open for brunch.
We’re sure the Cambridge’s Taylor Pork Roll and Chorizo Egg Sandwich is just the base you need before helping to clean or paint one of Philadelphia’s recreation centers.
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