Philly Restaurants Grace and Proper, Bagels and Co., and Rosy’s Café open their doors this weekend, pre-Thanksgiving.
Whether you think of this as an early Christmas present or a signpost of what to do around Thanksgiving Week to avoid hanging with your relatives, here is a tip you can use going forward: three new and diverse restaurants are opening, now, in different parts of the city.
I’ll have more to say about this one as I actually tried to buy this property once-upon-a-time, and have watched it grow since before its start: the Hawthornes Restaurant Group’s grand opening of the cozy Grace and Proper at 941. South 8th Street in the Italian Market. This is one where Philly’s famed (for WineDive, Sonny’s Cocktail Joint and more), husband-wife duo Chris Fetfatzes and Heather Annechiarico, along with their long-time operations director Susan Freeman, have created a vintage Euro bar out of an old-school neighborhood pharmacy and fueled with what they are calling “the vibrant essence of Portuguese and European bar culture.”
Yes, the vibe is graceful and proper. The room looks haunting noir-ish, and they kept the corner drugstore look from its 1920s, grace of high tin ceilings, exposed brick, and hexagonal mosaic tile.
Eaters who will go anywhere and everywhere for a good bagel – and I know you’re out there because I see you lurking along East Passyunk and Fabric Row bagel-ries – get another location in which to hang and nosh as Glu Hospitality grandly opens their second location of Bagels and Co. in Fishtown (1317 Frankford Ave, all 1,700 square feet inside) starting on Friday with a free bagel and cream cheese giveaway, and on Saturday with free coffee. Along with doughy goodness, Bagels and Co. will also debut their winter drink menu (booze and bagels? Fuck yeah) as well as two Fishtown exclusive sandwiches.
Last, but not least, Rosy’s Café at 2218 Walnut Street is the place to be/see/dine/drink in the Rittenhouse area – the tiny block’s newest corner breakfast and lunch destination and one offering wee-early in the morning coffee, breakfast tacos, tortas and other flavorful Mexican-inspired fares with Philly-flair. Plus, Rosy’s Café is located next door to Rosy’s Taco Bar at 2218 Walnut Street, so you could really just hang out all day in Rittenhouse.