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Bet your biscuits: Something new in Center City

The Muffin Man may live on Drury Lane, but come April, do you know the Biscuit Man will live on Drury Street? He's Mitch Prensky, and he wants to sell you a sandwich.

The Muffin Man may live on Drury Lane, but do you know the Biscuit Man will live on Drury Street?

For years now, Mitch Prensky - caterer and owner of Supper, the bistro on South Street - has been selling Southern-style biscuit sandwiches at farmer's markets, street festivals, pop-ups, and Night Markets.

Prensky is in the final stages of preparing a physical location for Scratch Biscuits, in a former shoe store and fro-yo shop at 1306 Chestnut St.  He envisions Scratch as a scalable, quick-service restaurant.

Scratch will open at 7:30 a.m. July 7, giving out free biscuits to the first 50 customers.

Scratch will stay open till 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays; from 11 p.m. till closing, it will serve the 5 Buck Cluck (fried chicken, pimento cheese, and pickles). The late-night aspect will take advantage of Scratch's back door, which opens onto Drury Street.

Drury, an alley off of 13th Street, gets plenty of late-night foot traffic since the rear of Bru and the front door of McGillin's Olde Ale House are there, as is Opa's beer garden. The 13th Street restaurant strip is 30 feet away, as well.

Biscuits - regular and gluten-free - will be available in four or five varieties at a time, though you can build your own sandwich by choosing among BBQ brisket, garlic sage sausage, Carolina pulled pork shoulder, Benton's ham, or 1732 Meats Garlic Insanity bacon, adding a vegetable, and a sauce.

Menu (here) also includes biscuit puddings, homegrown Rival Bros. coffee, and juices from South Street neighbor Sip N Glo.