Friday, December 19, 2014

Mexican cafe planned for South Philly

Globe-trotting entrepreneurs Jill Weber and Evan Malone of South Street's Jet Wine Bar and Rex 1516 are backing Cafe Ynez, a Mexican diner and cafe, at NextFab Studios in Point Breeze.

Mexican cafe planned for South Philly

Jill Weber and Evan Malone at the bar at Rex 1516.
Jill Weber and Evan Malone at the bar at Rex 1516. MICHAEL KLEIN / Philly.com

Point Breeze is getting more restaurant action.

Globe-trotting entrepreneurs Jill Weber and Evan Malone of South Street's Jet Wine Bar and Rex 1516 are backing Cafe Ynez, a Mexican diner and cafe, at NextFab Studios at 2025 Washington Ave.

NextFab - a design, engineering and computer-controlled custom fabrication workshop - is the "day job" of Malone, a physicist. Weber is an archaeologist.

There's no timetable established for Cafe Ynez, which will serve breakfast/brunch, lunch and dinner and will specialize in Mexican coffees and rotisserie chicken. It will be BYOB.

Jet chef JC Piña - an alum of Rouge, Tinto and Morimoto - is importing his mother's mole recipe from his native Mexico City, and Weber/Malone have enlisted the services of a local woman to prepare tamales.

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