The bar must be raised.
Brothers Anthony and Damon Mascieri - having spent more than a year rehabbing a corner building on Queen Village's Fabric Row into the third location of their all-day, Euro-style Plenty Cafe (opening Monday, Nov. 14) - installed 21 taps behind their bar. Twelve are for draft wine, six for draft beer, and three are for draft coffee.
Wait. Three kinds of draft coffee?
One is for Plenty's signature cold brew, roasted in partnership with Square One Coffee. A second is for creamy, nitro-brewed coffee. The third is what they're dubbing coffee soda. They start by mixing espresso and a house-made chinotto syrup, made of oranges, lemons, cinnamon, cloves, and star anise, which are roasted until almost burnt and then mixed with simple syrup and cane sugar. The mixture is kegged and hooked up to a nitrogen line and served cold and straight. Think of it as a coffee-flavored cola. (It will be available shortly after the opening.)
During their renovation of the building that formerly housed Fleishman Fabrics, the Mascieris went light and airy, exposing brick walls and steel beams and adding handmade steel elements, a herringbone-patterned ceiling and bar facade, and a blue/gray-toned tiled wall imported from Italy behind the 10-seat bar. The drink list is stocked with aperitivi, digestivi, whiskeys, and other spirits.
This is intended as the flagship of Plenty, which started at 1710 E. Passyunk Ave. five years ago and expanded to 1602 Spruce St. exactly three years ago.
The day will start with a full breakfast menu, segueing into a menu of charcuterie/cheese, salads, sandwiches, toasts, and, in the evening, small plates.
At 705 S. Fifth St., they're joining a growing roster of casual dining options, including the Living Room Cafe across the street and the Hungry Pigeon a block away.