Garces Trading Company Swaps Market for Bar

By Danya Henninger  |  September 6, 2013
Credit: Danya Henninger

Good thing for Wash West/Jefferson area folks looking for gourmet meats, cheeses and breads to take home that Talula’s Daily is now open on Washington Square. On Saturday, September 7, Garces Trading Company will reopen after a short renovation that replaced the retail counter on the left side of the space with an 18-seat full-service bar. What was once a combination market-cafe is being reborn as a classic European bistro.

It’s not the first change in concept for Jose Garces’ Locust Street restaurant, which opened as a BYO with the state’s first in-restaurant Wine & Spirits store. Soon after, GTC got a liquor license, though the elegant, glassed-in wine shop remains.

A new beverage program was developed that will complement the Euro-style cuisine. Wines from around Europe are available by glass or bottle; craft beers also come from the Continent, with a focus on Belgium and Germany; and several signature cocktails will be “European-inspired” - think French martini with vodka and Lillet or a Regent Punch (cognac, rum, OJ, lemon, sparkling wine).

There’s also a new bar snacks menu, available only at the bar. A whole section titled “meatballs” has all varieties of ground rounds, like wild boar meatballs in spicy tomato stew or shrimp and scallop meatballs with roasted scallop jus. Several vegetable bites are also on the list, such as baby artichokes in white wine and roasted cauliflower with black garlic pesto.

“Bar specials” (aka happy hour) will run seven days a week between 3-7 PM, and the new beverage and bar menu will be available whenever the restaurant is open (11 AM-10 PM daily; 215-574-1099).