Plenty Cafe’s original location at 1710 East Passyunk Avenue has recently been renovated, installing a 12-foot reclaimed ash wood high-top bar and adding ten additional seats.
In early February we told you that Plenty was dropping its excellent Tasso Ham Panini. The news left us bitterly disappointed and we considered descending on the sandwich spot with pitchforks raised. Luckily that won’t be necessary as the tasso ham panini is back for at least a limited time. The official reasoning is that its for Mardi Gras but with the tease that it might be extended, we’re putting this one in the win column.
Plenty, which recently expanded to 1602 Spruce Street is tweaking its menu. And to shock to myself and I’m sure many others, the tasso ham sandwich is coming off the menu.
The house cured and smoked pork shoulder is smothered in Cayenne dry rub, Creole mayo and gruyere pressed on a French roll. The sandwich definitely packs some heat and that has been cited as the reasoning for the sandwich’s removal from the menu.
The second location of Plenty Cafe opens today at 1602 Spruce Street. Like its East Passyunk original, Plenty will be be a welcome addition to its neighborhood. The bi-level cafe offers coffee, sandwiches, salads and cafe fare. Breakfast and lunch will be available beginning at 6 a.m. weekdays and 7 a.m. on weekends.
The building is on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places, so special attention was required to retain the historic facade while adding updated cafe windows. Inside, the cafe and mezzanine space make the most of the modest 600 square feet. Reclaimed wide-plank wood floor and timber beams are accented with black metal stair rails, copper counters, antique mirrors and a tin ceiling. Monochromatic wallcovering (which seems to be all the rage right now) covers much of the walls.
Like East Passyunk’s Plenty, this location will offer gourmet sandwiches, house-made baked goods and salads along with a full-service coffee bar featuring local Philadelphia coffee roasters.
Passyunk Post is reporting that Anthony Mascieri, owner of Plenty, will be opening a second Plenty location in Rittenhouse Square in early 2013. The East Passyunk spot recently remodeled (no more communal table) and began a new breakfast menu with extended service on the weekends and full brunch to come soon.
But where, oh where, will Plenty live in Rittenhouse? We know they’ve closed on the building and started demolition but we don’t know the location. Where do you think (or hope) the new Plenty will be?
And if you’ve seen any demo going on along Rittenhouse Square, you know what to do: let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Plenty [Official Site]
Next Sunday ,July 29th from noon to 5 p.m. East Passyunk Avenue will be turned into a car show and street festival from Dickinson to Broad. Along with the 140-plus vehicles competing for Best of Show there will be vendors, live music, circus performers, kids activities, and the Bang! Boom! Craft! Show all for free.
Most importantly, of course, there will be plenty of food from EPA’s restaurants. Participating restaurants include Marra’s, Mamma Mia, Noir, and Plenty. Cantina Los Caballitos and El Zarape will be serving their menus and specials outdoors while Birra and Le Virtu will be holding outdoor beer gardens for the event. Stogie Joe’s will also be having an outdoor craft beer bar.
Little Baby’s Ice Cream will be rolling around during the festival and from 11:30-5pm Ms. Goody Cupcake will be celebrating its Cupcake & Cars: One Year Anniversary Party. The party will be full of samples, new treat debuts, prizes, and a car-themed cake cutting at 2pm.
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Tim McGinnis is pushing his wares beyond Plenty on East Passyunk. Artisinal by Plenty is providing sandwiches to cafes and groceries. Shot Tower Coffee is the first to add the quality bites. [Meal Ticket]
Chef Shawn Sollberger has left Gunners Run which has been open a bit more than a month. [The Insider]
Marrakesh Express closes before City Paper can review it. Too bad as it sounded pretty good. [Meal Ticket]
Spinal Tapas’ Tim McGinnis, who was all set to open American Blackboard/American Meats & Provisions in the Philly Kitchen Share facility before abruptly leaving the project, has resurfaced in South Philly. He’ll bring his cheffy talents to Plenty, a swanky deli opening on February 1 at 1710 East Passyunk Avenue. A blurb from McG:
The food will be based around refined interpretations of comfort foods. It will be centered on the freshest ingredients prepared in-house, with a nod to historic techniques like sausage making, smoking fish, butchery, seasonal cooking, jarring, pickling, preserving, curing, and cheese-making- and modern sustainability. The philosophy will be evident in everything from the house-made deli meats to refurbished circa 1950â€™s deli cases and a communal table made from a salvaged barn.
Click through for a look at the tentative menu, which we’re delighted to see includes a riff on McGinnis’ Russian Lox sandwich. We liked it so much when he was operating as American Meats & Provisions that we included it in our Sandwich Spectacular.
Bryan Sikora is heading back to Philadelphia. He’ll be the chef at David Fields’ 18th Street restaurant. [The Insider]
Manayunk’s Main Street Market is already expanding, it’ll be taking over the recently closed Saxby’s Coffee. [News Works]
Meal Ticket has the menus for East Passyunk’s Plenty, opening in February. [Meal Ticket]
The area is getting another brew pub as Forest and Main Brewing Co. is aiming for a Spring opening in Ambler. [Beer Lass]
Dolce and Paradigm have been sold to Rob LaScala (LaScala’s at 7th and Chestnut). Dolce will continue on with a new menu and Paradigm will close by the summer for a new concept. [The Insider]
The former Bocelli in Chestnut Hill is now Stella Sera. [The Insider]
South Philadelphia’s Los Jalapenos is closing but its sister restaurant Tres Jalapenos will continue at 8th and Christian. [The Feast]
The 401 Diner in Conshohocken has closed. [The Insider]