Here’s What You’ll Be Eating and Drinking at Cherry Street Pier

Indonesian hotspot Hardena and others will expand into the new riverfront park.

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Philly is about to get a shiny new pier park. Cherry Street Pier, a 55,000 square-foot reclaimed municipal shipping pier, opens on Friday, October 12 — and the opening food vendors, which will serve from converted trolley cars, have been announced.

Beloved Indonesian spot Hardena is expanding for the first time outside of its South Philly flagship. They’ll serve a menu that includes hoagie-fied rendang served with lettuce and tomato, gado gado salad, vegetable corn fritters with sambal aioli, and rotating rice plate specials.

Birdie’s Biscuits, best known for selling their sweet and savory Southern-style biscuits on busy weekends from a cart at Reading Terminal Market, will operate at Cherry Street Pier on Saturdays and Sundays. And Little Baby’s Ice Cream will serve scoops from the pier’s outdoor park space.

Of course, there’s also a bar, which will pour exclusive ciders from Kurant and cocktails made with local spirits like Kiki Vodka and Five Saints Whiskey in addition to beer and draft wine. The space also includes art exhibitions, markets selling the wares of local makers, and 14 repurposed shipping containers hosting a wide range of artists.

Cherry Street Pier kicks things off with arts-focused Festival for the People, happening in conjunction with Race Street Pier during the three weekends between October 13th and 28th.