Rival Bros. opens its second Center City coffee bar on Friday, March 24, taking a portion of the lobby of the Touraine, at 1528 Spruce St.
Owners Jonathan Adams and Damien Pileggi are working out of a space that is twice the size of their original cafe, at 2400 Lombard St.
The Touraine's 20-foot-high ceilings have been accented by four large custom pendant mirrored chandeliers, which are modernized reproductions of 1890s street lamps. Large cream-colored columns have their original, century-old crown moulding and the original tile mosaic floor is underfoot. Benita Cooper Design did concept and layout, working with interior designer/fabricator Ian Chapin of Edsel Co.
The shop sells drip coffee and espresso beverages made with a Synesso Cyncra 2 Group machine, as well as a menu of hand-poured, single-origin coffee, brewed to order through a Chemex from their proprietary line of beans, which also are for sale.
Menu - including breads from High Street on Market and foods from Lil Pop Shop, Weckerly’s Ice Cream, Sugar Philly and Nathan Miller Chocolate - is similar to that available at the Lombard Street shop.
Toasts and a Cubano sandwich round out the savory items.
Hours are 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends.
A Rival Bros. shop on East Passyunk Avenue is in the works for later in 2017.