East Passyunk Avenue’s Manatawny Still Works and Positively 4th Street’s Hungry Pigeon Join Forces for Good Gin

OK. Everyone is still in a funk over Hungry Pigeon chef-owner Scott Schroeder’s announcement last month that his Positively 4th Street hot spot would not remain an all-day café anymore, as it has since its start. No more lunch or breakfast, and, as of November 18, they open daily 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. for dinner service, with brunch served Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Nothing heals the sadness of losing a great neighborhood breakfast spot, however, than booze. Good booze always balms the sting, while providing another loftier one. So then. Welcome to “Hungry Pigin,” the restaurant’s freshly produced bespoke house gin made with love by Master Distiller Max Pfeffer of Manatawny Still Works on East Passyunk Avenue.   

Master Distiller Max Pfeffer of Manatawny Still Works.

On December 5, Manatawny Still Works will mark the first of many collaborations between its famously small-batch distillery and other local restaurants and area bars with a “Prohibition Cocktail Party” from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Pigeon HQ, 743 S. 4th Street.

While Schroeder invents some party-only nibbles using his new house gin as an ingredient, the Pigeon’s Brian Bolles creates a cocktail menu for the evening that, so far, features Pigin-filled concoctions such as:

20th CENTURY
Gin, Cocchi Americano, Lemon, Cacao 

TUXEDO
Gin, Blanc Vermouth, Dry Sherry

RICKEY
Gin, Lime Cordial, Soda

HANKY PANKY
Gin, Sweet Vermouth, Fernet Branca, Orange Bitters

PEGU CLUB
Gin, Cointreau, Lime, Peychaud’s Bitters  

The event is pay-as-you-go, the cocktails are $10 each, and guests are invited to stay and enjoy dinner afterward. Do that.

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