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Restaurant notes: May 17 for Frankford Hall

Yo, Fishtown. There will be valet parking.

Restaurant notes: May 17 for Frankford Hall

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The exterior of Frankford Hall, on Frankford Avenue just north of Girard Avenue. May 17 is the new opening date.
The exterior of Frankford Hall, on Frankford Avenue just north of Girard Avenue. May 17 is the new opening date.

Stephen Starr is now going with May 17 for the debut of Frankford Hall (1210 Frankford Ave.), his interpretation of a traditional open-air German beer garden, set in an industrial structure in Fishtown.

Details:

  • Stokes Architecture is designer.
  • Indoor (160-seat) and outdoor (240-seat) spaces feature exposed brick façades with reclaimed industrial metals, and communal wooden picnic tables for seating.
  • The inside and outside spaces are divided by enormous glass-paned garage doors.
  • There are two ping pong tables.
  • Four Linden trees have been imported to provide shade in the gravel courtyard.
  • Food will be ordered from a walk-up counter. Menu will include pretzels, salads, sauerkraut, schnitzel, spaetzle with gravy, Bavarian bread dumplings, fries with curry ketchup, rotisserie chicken, and a variety of sausages including bratwurst, weisswurst and käsekrainer.
  • Three bars, one of which is dedicated to pouring beer exclusively.
  • Nine taps, featuring a mix of traditional German beers such as Bitburger Pils. Some crafts, including a Dogfish Head exclusive called My Antonia. Bottle list of mostly imports including Schneider Aventinus, Radeberger Pilsner, and Hacker-Pschorr Munich Gold. Liquor and wines-by-the-glass will be available.
  • Hours: 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. weekdays, noon to 2 a.m. weekends.
  • And, in a first for Fishtown, there will be valet parking.
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