Opening Soon

Opening Today

Iron Hill Maple Shade opens today. It’s the regional chain’s first foray into New Jersey and the first brewpub to open in the state in 10 years.

Chris Lapierre, formerly of Iron Hill West Chester will be manning the kettles at the 280-seat brewery and restaurant. Of particular note is the brewpub’s automated growler filling system which means you can take some of Maple Shade home with you.

Iron Hill Brewery [Thrillist]
Iron Hill Brewery

Opening Tomorrow

Sonata is set to open on Liberties Walk where Swallow once resided. The BYOB from executive chef and owner Mark Tropea will serve American fare “in inventive and unique presentations.” Among the highlights are duck prosciutto with cantaloupe frisee salad and braised short rib with celery root puree.

Sonata Restaurant in pictures [Meal Ticket]

Complete Sonata release after the jump.

Mark Tropea, Chef/Owner, to Open Sonata Restaurant in Northern Liberties

Philadelphia, PA (July 18, 2009) – Sonata Restaurant, the newest bring-your-own-bottle (BYOB) establishment in the trendy Liberties Walk section of Northern Liberties will open its doors to the public on Tuesday, July 21, 2009.

Sonata Restaurant will offer contemporary American fare in inventive and unique presentations. Its menu boasts savory ingredients infused with flavors of the summer.

Mark Tropea, Executive Chef/Owner, served as Executive Sous Chef at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Great Valley, Pa. for seven years. Tropea combines his passion for food and music to bring Sonata Restaurant to full swing.

Tropea is eager to be opening in Northern Liberties and is excited to become a part of the community. “It’s an incredible opportunity in an incredible neighborhood,” said Tropea of the thriving Liberties Walk area.

The culinary duet features Tropea along with Krystal Weaver, Sous/Pastry Chef, creating the inventive, dynamic team who incorporate the finest and most flavorful ingredients into their intuitive dishes.

Start with house-made duck prosciutto with cantaloupe and frisee salad; add olive oil poached salmon and walnut pesto for dinner. Or try the summery gazpacho with cucumber sorbet and braised short rib with celery root puree entrée as a prelude to dessert. Vegetarian? Try the Mediterranean chickpea patties with feta cheese, yogurt and confit tomatoes.

Passion fruit panna cotta polenta cake with sweet corn salsa and a vanilla bean cheesecake topped with pineapple jalapeño chutney grace the dessert menu. The black forest cake/chocolate profiterole/chocolate beignet trio should strike a chord with chocolate lovers.

Sonata Restaurant will be open Tuesdays thru Thursdays from 5 p.m. – 10:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. and Sundays from 5 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Sonata Restaurant seats about 40 guests inside with additional seating outside.

Guests are encouraged to call (215) 238 – 1240 for reservations but walk-ins are welcome. Appetizers range from $7 – $12 and entrees from $19 – $27.