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Feliz duo opening Beast & Ale in Manayunk

The comfort fooder is coming to the former Bisou on Main Street.

Feliz duo opening Beast & Ale in Manayunk

The former Bisou, 4161 Main St.
The former Bisou, 4161 Main St.

Brian Sirhal and chef Tim Spinner - of Cantina Feliz, La Calaca Feliz, and Taqueria Feliz - are staying north of the border for their next project.

The ink is drying on a lease for 4161 Main St. in Manayunk - just down the street from Taqueria Feliz.

It's the former Gemelli and Bisou.

By mid-June, they hope to open Beast & Ale, which Sirhal describes as a comfort fooder inspired by the Lafayette Hill landmark Ye Olde Ale House - e.g. burgers, hot roast beef, the basics. "That's where Tim and I stop for a beer," Sirhal said.

Signature Beast Burger will be a double-patty burger inspired by the thin but juicy, griddled, pre-World War II-style burgers, topped with melted American cheese on a pillowy bun. In addition, the menu will include fried green beans, gravy-topped French fries, soups, salads, and a hot roast beef sandwich drowned in beef gravy and topped with sharp provolone cheese. 

Matthew Savastano, sous chef at Calaca, will move from Fairmount to Manayunk.

Decor will be "a mix of hunting lodge and greasy spoon," Sirhal said, adding that the changes to the restaurant will be cosmetic.

They'll rid it of the brothel-ish red in favor of paneling, taxidermy and curios, including a Christmas-light-festooned chandelier resembling deer antlers.

Speaking of which: Expect all food under 17 bucks.

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