Middle Child: A 'modern Little Pete's' coming to 11th St.

Matthew Cahn is cooking up what he calls “a modern version of a classic Philly diner” at 248 S. 11th St., the erstwhile home of French rotisseur Petit Roti.

Middle Child is on tap for this fall.

Cahn is, in fact, a middle child who grew up in Cherry Hill – a son of Cherry Hill Mayor Chuck Cahn – and a graduate of Penn Charter. He’s a front-of-the-house veteran of such New York establishments as Court Street Grocers and Superiority Burger. He graduated from Boston U and worked in advertising in New York City before falling in love with the restaurant business while flipping burgers in Colorado.

Also informing the Middle Child name is what Cahn says is breakfast and lunch’s lowly reputation in the food chain. Simply, he says, breakfast and lunch are the “middle child” to dinner.

“Nobody’s making super-creative breakfast or lunch,” he says. “How much French toast and red velvet pancakes can we eat? Philly is such a traditional, blue-collar town, but I think it’s ready for something different.”

So… think Sqirl, the edgy L.A. diner, meets Little Pete’s (he was there on the 17th Street location’s last day).

Also coming up (just up the street) is Ugly Duckling, The Blue Duck’s edgy sibling (with a bar) at 212 S. 11th St.

Michael Kahan of Colliers handled the real estate transaction.

We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines

Comment policy:

Philly.com comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by Philly.com staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Load comments
Continue Reading