Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Saint Declan's Well opens in University City

Marty Spellman, whose bar career includes the Ugly Moose, the old Red Bell Brewery and Bridgewater Pub, and Aidan Travers, last at the New Deck Tavern, have unveiled Saint Declan's Well, a bar-restaurant in the Left Bank spaces formerly occupied by Bike Line and Ajia at 3131 Walnut St.

Saint Declan's Well opens in University City

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Marty Spellman, whose bar career includes the Ugly Moose, the old Red Bell Brewery, and Bridgewater Pub, and Aidan Travers, last at the New Deck Tavern, have unveiled Saint Declan's Well, a bar-restaurant in the Left Bank, across from Penn's Class of 1923 Ice Rink.

Saint Declan's Well took the spaces formerly occupied by Trophy Bikes and Ajia at 3131 Walnut St. (215-883-0965).

Spellman, whose past also includes construction project management, sourced the tchotchkes (that's Gaelic for "stuff") from his travels. The bar top came from the architectural salvage company Provenance. They exercised restraint with the overall decor, opting for a 17-seat bar, open seating area and relatively few nooks.

Twenty taps, which include the usual and a few crafts. Easy-on-the-wallet menu has the usual Irish-bar staples: Texas nachos, chicken quesadillas, wings, and crab dip - plus a toastee, fish and chips, shepherd's pie, chops, a steak, sandwiches and burgers. Top price is $17 for crab cakes.

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It's open for lunch and dinner. Breakfast on weekends will start shortly.

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