First Look: Bloomsday, Headhouse Square’s Natural Wine Bar, Cafe and Bottle Shop
Sneak a peek inside and check out the menus at the long-awaited all-day cafe, opening this weekend.
We’ve been excited about Bloomsday, the all-day cafe from Green Engine Coffee owners Kelsey Bush and Zach Morris, ever since we heard a year ago that it would be opening right across from the Headhouse Square Shambles. Then, we found out that it would also have a natural wine bar and bottle shop — and that Tim Kweeder, our favorite wine guy, would serve as beverage director and sommelier.
And now we know that tomorrow — Friday, May 31st — the Society Hill spot will officially open its doors.
The 2,800 square-foot space seats over 50, with a working fireplace, a marble-topped bar that seats eight, and — similar to the one at Bush and Morris’s Haverford cafe — a living wall made from lush green moss. Philly-based firm Ambit Architecture worked with the owners to renovate the space.
To start, Bloomsday will be open mornings and afternoons only, with evening hours and a dinner menu set to roll out in the next week or so. Unfortunately, it’s going to be at least a month until the PLCB gives bottle shop retail sales the all-clear, but the bar is good to go.
But in the meantime, they’re pouring coffee drinks from Rival Bros., along with morning-appropriate cocktails, from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m. Pastry chef Sofiane Bellal is turning out a slate of baked goodies like palmiers, croissants, and pistachio Danish to go with them. There are eggs to order, meaty and veggie-based breakfast sandwiches, bowls of chia and polenta, and brunch standbys like avocado toast and smoked salmon, too.
From 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., you can order from the lunch menu: seasonal toasts made with Philly Bread, bowls of soba noodles or polenta, and a pair of sandwiches — a comforting grilled chicken and an intriguing smoked mushroom French dip that comes with a miso broth. A new slate of cocktails will be available in the evening, as well as draft beer. Kweeder’s got a 60-bottle wine list, plus two more varieties on draft and 15 by-the-glass selections.
Bloomsday is located at 414 South 2nd Street. Opening hours are 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. daily. Check out the breakfast, lunch, and drinks menus below (click to embiggen). The killer wine menu is here.