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Matt Levin Opening Square Peg This Spring

The new logo for Square Peg
The new logo for Square Peg
Photo: Square Peg

Chef Matt Levin, formerly of Adsum and Lacroix, is planning to open Square Peg this Spring. Located at 10th and Walnut--one of the many ex-Marathon Grill locations--Levin has partnered with Barry Gutin and Larry Cohen of GuestCounts Hospitality (Cuba Libre, 32 Degrees) on the project.

Levin carved out a name for himself at Lacroix, ringing out a ridiculously rare 4-Bell review from Craig LaBan, but also earned a few scowls from the critic community when he dedicated a special dinner to white trash liquor of choice, Four Loko.

The menu direction is "something-for-everyone American diner," including fried chicken tacos and meatloaf with bacon marmalade. While Levin's notoriously caloric Tastykake Slider won't be on the list, he assures us that the Super Poutine will make an appearance.

"We're really going for home-y classics," said Levin. "we're going to have all-day plates like pierogies, meatball sandwiches, and fried chicken. All day breakfast, too."

The beer list will feature local craft selections, the liquor is heavy on micro-distilleries, and in true diner fashion, there are spiked milkshakes aplenty. Sculptor Owen Kumihira--famous for the large decorative pieces in Stephen Starr's Buddakan and The Continental--will be in charge of the interior design.

· Square Peg [Official Site]
· Gutin+Cohen+Levin = Square Peg [The Insider]

Square Peg

929 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA