Lo Spiedo, the Vetri-owned restaurant at the entrance to the Philadelphia Navy Yard in South Philadelphia, has been refurbished and rebranded into Bar Amis, an offshoot of chef Brad Spence’s Washington Square West Roman spot.
It represents a more casual approach. Lo Spiedo opened in September 2014 with an ambitious, rotisserie-focused menu.
As Bar Amis, it’s designed as a bar with more energy and more snacks. This Amis will serve lunch, unlike 13th Street.)
“It was missing its identity,” Spence said of Lo Spiedo. “Is it fine-dining or casual? You were unsure of the vibe and it didn’t really express what we were doing there.”
The renovation was mostly one of subtraction, Spence said. Brick is exposed and the large espresso machine has been removed.
Among the additions are more wines by the glass and a frozen drink machine. Hello, frosé.
The changes will be further shown in a block party from 5 to 9 p.m. July 12.