Rival Bros. to Open Permanent Cafe
Soon you won’t have to seek out a food truck to enjoy Rival Bros. coffee from the source: Jonathan Adams and Damien Pileggi have signed a lease for a permanent storefront at 2400 Lombard Street in Fitler Square. There’s no target opening date as of yet, and there’s a lot of renovation work to be done on the former Taste Buds Market space.
Rival Bros. was founded in 2011 when Adams stepped down from his position as chef at Pub & Kitchen to launch the roastery and mobile cafe with Pileggi, a longtime friend and former La Colombe roaster. Over the past two years the coffee brand has attracted a strong following, both at the truck (usually found at 33rd and Arch by Drexel) and via wholesale accounts like Di Bruno Bros., High Street on Market and Green Aisle Grocery.
At their own cafe, the partners are planning to offer cups made via classic drip and pourover methods in addition to cold brew iced coffee. For espresso, the boys currently use (and love) a La Marzocco machine on the truck but are weighing the possibility of scoring a fancy Synesso Hydra for their brick-and-mortar pulls.
Despite Adams’ background behind the line, coffee will be the focus at Rival Bros. cafe, not food - the space isn’t large enough to house much of a kitchen. That said, the pair is looking for “unique, comforting, approachable food” that will pair well with the coffee and offer something new to the neighborhood. Stay tuned.