Plenty Cafe Coming to RittenhouseBy Danya Henninger
August 19, 2013
The intersection of 16th and Spruce is nearly internationally famous - it’s the location of Monk’s Cafe. Next month, visitors to Tom Peters’ Belgian beer mecca will be able to pregame their brew sessions with great coffee, fresh juices and locally-sourced sandwiches and salads when Plenty Cafe opens at 1602 Spruce Street. It’s the second location for Anthony and Damon Mascieri, brothers whose East Passyunk cafe has been warmly received.
Rittenhouse locals will love the new coffee shop too, especially since it begins serving at 6 AM on weekdays (a perfectly reasonable time of day that most Philly cafes seem to ignore). Beans will come from Rival Bros., La Colombe and ReAnimator, among other local roasters, and be served in pulled espresso drinks as well as pour-over cups.
The cafe will take up two floors in the historic building that was most recently a jewelry store called Scriven, with a redesigned facade by Morrissey Design that has large windows opening up onto Spruce. Wide-plank floors, antique mirrors and a tin ceiling will add to a “lived-in yet polished” look.
Approximately 25 seats will fill the ground floor and mezzanine, and all of the food for the cafe will made in-house, from cured meats to aiolis to spreads. Look for global flavors - think Scandinavian (smoked salmon and roasted potato on whole grain bread), Middle Eastern (roasted eggplant and tzatziki on ciabatta) and Spanish (beef and chorizo meatballs with shaved Manchego) - as well as good old American steel-cut oatmeal and pancetta hash with eggs.
No specific date has been set, but a September opening is expected. Plenty Rittenhouse will be open 6 AM-9 PM, Monday-Thursday; 6 AM-10 PM, Friday; 7 AM-10 PM, Saturday; and 7 AM-8 PM, Sunday.