The Common, UCity’s New Mediterranean Restaurant, Is Now Open
Chef-owner Patrick Feury revamped the former Danlu space with a more casual vibe and locally sourced menu.
Despite mostly positive reviews, Patrick Feury’s Taiwanese-inspired Danlu didn’t last long. So the chef, long known for locally-sourced menus at his long-running Main Line spot Nectar, has opened The Common, a seasonally driven New American bar and restaurant with Mediterranean influences, in its place at 3601 Market Street in University City.
The 120-seat, bi-level space has been revamped to create a more casual vibe, with the addition of greenery, new lighting, communal tables, and chairs made from upcycled oil drums. There’s also a two-story-high mural by Philly artist Cesar Viveros on one wall. Feury’s partners in Nectar, Henry Chu, Kenny Huang, and Michael Wei co-own the concept, and Lucio Palazzo, whose resume includes stints at Zahav, James, Taqueria Feliz, and Russet, is executive chef.
In terms of the menu, the Common will serve locally sourced ingredients on a seasonal menu that includes house-made pastas, shareable entrees, and sandwiches, with lots of vegetarian and vegan options. They’ll also make their own charcuterie, cheeses, pickles, and vinegars, with breads baked by James Beard Award-nominated James Golper of Brooklyn’s Bien Cuit. Best of Philly-winning wine guy Tim Kweeder consulted on the beverage menu.
Hours are Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. until 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. until 11 p.m., and Sunday from 4 p.m. until 11 p.m., with happy hour running from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and on Saturday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Check out the Common’s opening menu here.