Andrew and Drew Abruzzese, partnering with City Councilman Allan Domb, plan to open a Philadelphia offshoot of their Bucks County destination, Pineville Tavern, in the spring.
The Pineville - as they're calling it - will replace the shuttered Yesterday's Tavern at 2448 E. Huntingdon St. (at Gaul), just behind the Arby's on Aramingo Avenue and near the confluence of Port Richmond, Fishtown, and Kensington.
The Abruzzeses, who took over the Pineville Tavern in 1989, are going for what they call a menu of "elevated tavern fare" designed to appeal to millennials, their parents, and the neighbors. The menu, backed by local craft beers, will include signatures such as ravioli, the "Bawlmer" crab cakes, fried chicken, BBQ ribs, the Million Dollar Bacon Burger, and the 32-ounce Luger-style steak for two. They're also planning a steam table with carved meats, to bring back an old corner-bar staple.
Architect/restaurateur Jim Hamilton, owner of Hamilton's Grill Room in Lambertville, will do the design. There will be about 25 seats at the first-floor bar, 30 seats in the dining room, and an additional 30 seats in the upstairs lounge, whose centerpiece will be a Steinway piano on loan from Frederick "Babe" Koslowski, who owned the long-ago Babe's Steakhouse nearby. There also will be a raw bar upstairs.
The Pineville will be open seven days - dinner Monday through Friday, Saturday lunch, Sunday brunch, and family-style Sunday dinners beginning early in the afternoon. The Abruzzeses also plan a takeout window open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to serve sandwiches and boxes of fried chicken and ribs.