Strangelove's: The new baby

Leigh Maida holds baby Liberty while husband Brendan Hartranft playfully offers Abbaye de Saint Bon Chien at their new beer bar, Strangelove's, 216 S. 11th St. (This kid gets all the good stuff.)

 Brendan Hartranft, Leigh Maida and Brendan Kelly are live with the beer-centric Strangelove's at 216 S. 11th St., which was Doc Watson's for eons before briefly slipping into ignominy with Blue Bear and The Butcher & the Brewer.

But first: Ever notice how many babies are born to industry folk around the time their bars and restaurants open? As if they don't have enough stress?

Maida - who acts as a general contractor on their projects (Memphis Taproom, Resurrection Ale House, Local 44) -  was about seven months pregnant in January when she, Hartranft (her husband) and Kelly signed the deal for Strangelove's. She delivered daughter Liberty on March 4. Workers learned to dodge the baby stroller.

Strangelove's beer program most heavily mimics Local 44, in West Philly, with 18 drafts and two beer engines. Same selection at the downstaiirs and upstairs bars.


Former Catahoula chef Paul Martin is executing a fun, New Orleans-ish menu of apps, sandwiches and $18-and-under entrees, including his signature Shrimp Étouffée.

It's open for lunch and dinner daily. Brunch is on the way.

Menu (PDF) is here.