Everything You Need to Know About Fishtown’s New Dinner Theater

Hydraulics, Mediterranean food and contortionists will be on full display at Fabrika, Fishtown's new restaurant/cabaret on Frankford Avenue.

Fabrika | Photo by Afrik Armando

The next addition to Fishtown’s nightlife scene is about a month from opening. The concept, from co-owners Lasha Kikvidze, Ylia Dzlieri, Alex Gritsyuk and Boris Khanataev, is a “restaurant and entertainment venue”.

It’s a concept pretty unlike anything Philly has seen before, with a giant, hydraulic stage that can be raised or lowered to be flush with the floor. In addition to the stage, the space is equipped with lights, speakers, and a DJ booth to accommodate a wide variety of performers, including contortionists, aerialists, dancers and musicians.

Guest will enter Fabrika through an atrium decorated with a giant metal mural from Uriel Tedgi (see below). The main restaurant space seats about 150 between 2 bars, lounge tables on the ground floor and mezzanine, plus small and large tables that can be moved to fit any size group.

Metalwork mural by Uriel Tedgi | Photo by Maddy Sweitzer-Lamme

Reservations will be available online for dinner, served nightly from about 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. During dinner hours there will be light entertainment, like musicians. Later in the evening, you’ll buy tickets in advance or at the door to see the bigger, wilder acts.Snacks will be served during late night performances as well.

Executive Chef Konstantinos Pitsilledes (of Kanella) was brought on in a consultant role. His menu which will feature Eastern Mediterranean food. This means inspiration from places like Cyprus, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, Iraq, Palestine, Syria, Egypt and parts of Turkey. The wine menu will include options from all over the world, and cocktails will be focused on using local liquors and ingredients, like Bluecoat Gin and Sagamore Rye Whiskey. Food and beverage menus are available here.

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The front bar, which will seat about 12. | Photo by Maddy Sweitzer-Lamme


The space is equipped with a hydraulic stage that can be raised or lowered. | Photo by Maddy Sweitzer-Lamme


Lounge seating will be available, as well as large and small tables. | Photo by Afrik Armanda


The space has retained some of elements of its past as a factory for ice cream production parts. | Photo by Maddy Sweitzer-Lamme