Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Toast pops in to a Center City corner

New cafe at 12th and Spruce.

Toast pops in to a Center City corner

Toast at 12th and Spruce Streets.
Toast at 12th and Spruce Streets.

One of the oddest restaurant games was played last year at 1201 Spruce St.

The ambitious Odd Fellows Cafe opened in that big-windowed corner space, backed by Betty Ortiz, formerly of Spruce Street Espresso. By October, Odd Fellows and Ortiz were gone. It was then rebranded YOLO, as in "you only live once." That didn't last two months.

Thursday, Jan. 31 should see a reopening and a rebranding.

Toast will have a cafe menu of breakfast/brunchy stuff plus eggs, says the consultant, Varnana Beuria, better known as "V," the owner of East Passyunk's Chhaya Cafe.

Hours will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends. Kitchen will close earlier.
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