Plenty Cafe Opens on Spruce

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 opening menu will include dishes inspired by owners Anthony and Damon Mascieri’s travels around the world:

  • Madrileño, beef and chorizo meatballs with roasted poblano peppers, house saffron aioli and shaved Manchego cheese on toasted ciabatta
  • Seoul, Bulgolgi-style beef short ribs with house pickled daikon and cabbage, scallion and sriracha mayonnaise and cilantro on a pressed French roll
  • Oslo, all-natural cold smoked salmon with fresh greens, tomato, lemon, roasted potatoes and a horseradish, caper and dill cream on toasted multigrain
  • Floripa Salad, mixed greens with hearts of palm, Brazil nuts, grilled corn and mango vinaigrette – and based on Anthony’s travels to Florianopolis in southern Brazil
  • Istanbul, roasted eggplant with Middle Eastern spices, sautéed portabella mushrooms and onions and cacık(Turkish tzatziki) on toasted ciabatta.

Every dish is labeled with the country or region that inspired it.

Plenty’s coffee program will also have an international flair. Look for beverages like an Argentine San Telmo of espresso, steamed milk, Dulce de Leche and sea salt. Local roasters including Rival BrosLa Colombe Torrefaction andReAnimator will be available. Plenty will work with Rival Bros roaster and chef Jonathan Adams to incorporate flavors from his Rival Bros Coffee beans into a signature sandwich, Coffee Braised Lamb Shoulder, with baba ganoush, pickled fennel, peppers and arugula on a pressed French roll. The sandwich will debut next week.

Also look for cold-steeped iced teas as well as fresh squeezed orange juice.

The new Plenty is designed by Morrissey Design which retained the historic facade while incorporating a modern-rustic design, complete with wide-plank wood flooring and timber beams. The look is complemented with antique mirrors and a tin ceiling. A mezzanine allows for seating and conversation.

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