The whiskeys - upwards of 70 varieties at the moment, mostly American - are on the shelf. The kitchen is set up.
Saturday, Oct. 27 marks the debut of Lloyd, the low-key brown-liquor specialist at 529 E. Girard Ave. in Fishtown, the former Hot Potato Cafe. (The only vestige of that place is a wingback chair, stuck in a corner next to church-pew seating.)
Owners are Scott and Taylor Coudriet. He's a South Jerseyan who's worked at some of the better bars in New York, including Whiskey Ward, the Lower East Side brown-liquor destination. He also makes his own ginger, herbal, and honey syrups for cocktails. Eight taps, 15 bottles.