Wagner is the chef and has worked for the Starr Restaurant Organization for the last twelve years, mainly as executive chef at Jones and now at Continental Midtown. Versace is a bartender, working at Las Vegas Lounge and since 2004 at Coco’s on 8th Street.
Leigh Maida sent out a message to subscribers of the Resurrection Ale House mailing list that the her and Brendan Hartranft’s Graduate Hospital beer bar is under agreement of sale. The letter notes that the employees will stay on after the acquisition, though the fried chicken may not. The note says that the chicken might pop up at the couple’s other bars, Memphis Taproom, Local 44 or Strangelove’s.
As for the new owners, that remains a mystery.
There’s something exciting about a bowl of fries. Maybe it’s the feeling that you’re being given something substantial. And over the past week I’ve wound up housing two bowls of distinct cheese fries. Above and on the left is a bowl of fries from T.J. Murphy’s new menu at Resurrection Ale House. These Cheddar Frites are doused in pickled jalapenos, red peppers and a cheddar cheese sauce. The fries were a promising introduction to Murphy’s reign at Resurrection and I’ll be back soon for more.
After a lunching on the sandwich of the month, a Curt Decker Cosmo, at American Sardine Bar on Saturday, Scott Schroeder dropped a bowl of his “Hot Dog Kid Cheese Fries” in front of me. I was sure I was too full but the smoky hot dog bits, cheese and whole seed mustard proved I did indeed have room for more.
If you find yourself at either of these bars, get the cheese fries.
Resurrection Ale House has said goodbye to chef Rhett Vellner who has left the Grays Ferry Avenue beer bar for some time off on his own out West. The new chef will be T.J. Murphy, who has worked at Resurrection in the past.
The menu has been tweaked (falafel burger) but rest assured, the fried chicken remains.
Resurrection is also now closed on Mondays. But what gets taken away is giveth. Sunday night now comes with a happy hour from 6 to 10 p.m. featuring $4 American drafts.
Resurrection Ale House [Foobooz]
Over at Philly mag, our crack news team is reporting that at least two restaurants in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood were broken into last night or early this morning. Honey’s Sit ‘n Eat (shown above) got their door glass smashed in by an idiot with a brick who then tried to steal stuff, but failed.
Resurrection Ale House on Grays Ferry Avenue is turning four and they’re celebrating with a special lineup of beers from Allagash Brewing. Starting at 5 p.m., the beers will be pouring and complementary passed bites will be coming out of the kitchen.
Now if you show up before 5 p.m., you’ll get to experience a new Tuesday promotion. Every Tuesday, fried chicken will be the only thing on the menu until 5 p.m. That means fried chicken without the fear of it running out. And on Tuesdays, you can combine an order of fried chicken and a can of Resurrection Ale from Brewer’s Art for $18.
Summer vegetables are having a coming out party at Resurrection Ale House. Starting tomorrow, Tuesday, July 2nd, chef Rhett Vellner is launching all sorts of summery dishes. Check out the full menu that is full of melons, raspberries, golden beets and heirloom tomatoes.
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It’s always a nervous time when a longtime chef leaves a neighborhood favorite. That was the situation at Resurrection Ale House when original chef Joe Chmiko left for New York after nearly three years at the Graduate Hospital neighborhood restaurant. But his replacement, Rhett Vellner, has done more than just stay the course. His calamari isn’t the throwaway dish found at so many lesser restaurants, but an intriguing dish of fried polenta and stewed tomatoes. The quinoa and duck confit play well together, revealing more flavor with every bite. Gone are the days of diners getting annoyed each time a dish disappeared from the menu, because now it’s just excitement over what’s coming next. Well, that and relief over knowing that the award-winning fried chicken isn’t going anywhere.
Resurrection Ale House
2425 Grays Ferry Avenue
First appeared in the April 2013 edition of Philadelphia magazine
There once was a time when changes to Resurrection Ale House’s menu were met with dread. Inevitably our favorite dish would disapear and let’s not get started about the time they removed the fried chicken. But that was then and this is now. Now, we look forward to what new menu items will be coming out of Rhett Vellner’s, kitchen. And with this spring menu, we’re seeing asparagus, strawberries, English peas and a meatball sandwich. A meatball sandwich may not say spring but the last time Resurrection was serving a meatball sandwich, it was exemplary.
New menu starts tonight, so check it out before it changes again.
Leigh Maida and Brendan Hartranft’s Memphis Taproom and Local 44 are putting some special beers on tap today.
At Memphis Taproom a lineup of great beers will be on tap all day.
- Russian River Blind Pig
- Russian River Consecration
- Leipziger Gose
- Stone Enjoy By 02.15.13 IPA
- Ridgeway Porter
- Tröegs Mad Elf
- Marston’s Pedigree (on cask)
- Greene King Abbot Ale (on cask)
- Yards Love Stout
- Baladin Noel
- Corsendonk Christmas
- Russian River Pliny the Elder