Sunday, December 28, 2014

Tap Room on 19th changing hands

Jennifer Choplin, last at SoWe, will be in the kitchen.

Tap Room on 19th changing hands

Jennifer Choplin is on board as chef at Tap Room On 19th St.
Jennifer Choplin is on board as chef at Tap Room On 19th St.

Tap Room On 19th St. - the neighborhood bar at 19th and Ritner Streets in South Philly - is fixing to change hands.

The plan - according to Michael Strauss, a commercial real estate broker buying the place with musician Pete Fry - is to close down after the Oct. 30 settlement and reopen soon after.

The name will remain for now.

They've hired chef Jennifer Choplin, late of SoWe after a turn at The Butcher & The Brewer, to run a menu that Strauss calls "upscale comfort stoner food." Thirteen beers will be on tap.

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Choplin will offer an Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation panna cotta - 50 percent of the purchase price will go to the nonprofit.

They'll go for a dark, candlelit atmosphere with music from a play list, not the current jukebox.

Craig Steel, also formerly of SoWe (and a Starr and Garces alum), will manage.

Michael Klein
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