It finally feels like beer garden weather. And right on time, Center City’s Uptown Beer Garden opened for its third season this weekend with an expanded menu, more beer taps, exclusive collaborative brews, and more.
Midtown Village is about to get a lot more BBQ. Tradesman’s, which will specialize in regional American BBQ, is coming to the corner of 13th and Juniper Streets.
Cinder was not my favorite restaurant when I reviewed it back in February. It eked out two stars (mostly on the strength of its bar and a couple of the snacks being put out by the kitchen), but never really seemed like a place that knew precisely what it wanted to be.
But now that, apparently, has changed.
Cinder, the Teddy Sourias (BRU Craft & Wurst, U-Bahn, Uptown Beer Garden, Finn McCool’s Ale House) bar focusing on intriguing beers, ciders, wild ales and the food of chef Jonathan Petruce softly opens today at 4 p.m.
For today’s soft opening, Petruce’s full menu won’t be available and some of the beers might not be in stock yet, but it will be your first chance to check out the space, food and drink.
Uptown Beer Garden, the outdoor drinking bar from Teddy Sourias of BRU Craft & Wurst, U-Bahn and Cinder is going to open at 1735 JFK Boulevard on Thursday, May 19th. Sourias has turned to chef Jonathan Petruce (Petruce et al, Fish) to run the kitchen at the 9,000 square foot beer garden.
Petruce will be utilizing an outdoor grill to cook up elevated barbecue and street food favorites. Look for a selection of skewers, grilled corn, lobster roll and more. As the summer rolls along, look for other surprises to be added.
Tart fans will have a new home base when Teddy Sourias’ (BRU Craft & Wurst, U-Bahn, Uptown Beer Garden) new bar, Cinder opens at 1500 Locust Street this summer. The bar will capitalize on the exploding popularity of sours, goses, wild ales and ciders. A wood-fired oven will turn out rustic pizzas in what Sourias is calling his most food-focused concept to date.
The 2,400 square foot bar takes over the space that formerly was home to Wolf Market, just up the street from Fado and across the street from Misconduct Tavern. If all goes well, the bar, complete with custom copper piped beer system and custom-built wood-fired oven will open in late June or early July. The bar will have capacity for 65-75 people with additional seating on Locust Street. The bar will be situated to the right of the entrance with high-top tables along the front windows. The dining area will be in the center of the room and the open kitchen will be to the left. The space will also have a smaller dining area available for a chef’s table or private dining.
Center City may not have gotten a PHS Beer Garden this year, but beginning July 1st, Teddy Sourias, owner of BRU Craft & Wurst, U-Bahn and Finn McCools is opening Uptown Beer Garden in the JFK Boulevard courtyard of the BNY Mellon Bank Building on the 1700 block of JFK.
The pop-up will feature 9,000 square feet of outdoor space for up to 500 people, picnic tables, granite benches, tree slab communal tables and a 35-foot long bar.
A portion of proceeds from Uptown Beer Garden will be donated to Philadelphia Animal Welfare Association (PAWS), including PAWS’s KATO (Kitty At The Office) program.
Teddy Sourias opened Brü last year at 1318-20 Chestnut. And now he’s working to open U-Bahn, a subterranean bar below Bru in the old Jeans West clothing store. The 3,300 square foot space will include two bars and a new kitchen. U-Bahn will offer local beers and food including cured meats, cheeses and specialty sandwiches.
The space will feature an open layout and 16-foot ceilings. Tables will be incorporate reclaimed wood from local barns and tables built from tree slabs. Classic arcade games will also be installed. A private area will offer audio/visual equipment and videoconferencing technology for business meetings.
This isn’t the first rathskeller for Chestnut Street. Soula’s Cafe and Rathskeller was located in the Betz Building at Broad and Chestnut in the early 20th century.
Legendary Philly singer Teddy Pendergrass—onetime lead singer for Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes during the 1970s—died a virtual pauper four years ago, but his estate is still the subject of a fight. Pendergrass’s widow and son were in court on Monday, fighting for control.
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