Scott Schroeder Opening Hungry Pigeon in Queen Village

Photo by Neal Santos

Pat O’Malley and Scott Schroeder | Photo by Neal Santos

In a project that has managed to stay rather quiet since being presented at a neighborhood meeting last year, the cat (or bird) is finally out of the bag. Hungry Pigeon is a European-style cafe coming to 743 S 4th Street, on Fabric Row in Queen Village. South Philadelphia Taproom/American Sardine Bar chef Scott Schroeder is behind the project with his longtime friend Patrick O’Malley. O’Malley comes back to Philadelphia from New York’s Balthazar Bakery. Schroeder and O’Malley’s friendship goes back to when the both of them worked at ¡Pasion! with chef Guillermo Pernot. Despite moving to New York, the two would occasionally do collaboration dinners at SPTR, including one feast I was lucky enough to be at with along with chefs Nick Macri and Gene Giuffi.

Hungry Pigeon will be a coffee shop by morning, a lunch spot in the afternoon, and at night, the lights will dim for dinner with beer, wine and cocktails.

Schroeder and O’Malley will be busy this summer, showing off what the Hungry Pigeon will be about with preview events at Vetri and COOKOne thing Schroeder won’t be doing is quitting SPTR or ASB. The chef will still oversee the two gastropubs. 

On Sunday, July 12th, they’ll be hosting a “Feed the Pigeon” fundraising potluck at Isaiah Zagar’s Mosaic Warehouse at 1002 Watkins Street. There, Schroeder and O’Malley will be joined by chefs:

  • Greg Vernick (Vernick Food + Drink)
  • Jason Cichonski (Ela, The Gaslight)
  • Joe Beddia (Pizzeria Beddia)
  • George Sabatino (Aldine)
  • Todd Wentz (Townsend)
  • Joey Baldino (Zeppoli)

The event will also have beer from Tired Hands Brewing and coffee from Ultimo. Tickets are $100 per person. Money raised will go to Hungry Pigeon’s tap system.

Hungry Pigeon [Foobooz]