Chef Brian Oliveira and partner Cristian Mora opened the doors this morning at Girard, a BYOB open all day for breakfast/brunch, lunch, and dinner, with a "grab-and-go market" and coffee bar for quick takeout. They've also adopted a no-tipping-required business model that aims to provide employees with a living wage and benefits.
Though seldom seen, it's not a first for Philly: Vegan Commissary, for one, opened under a similar model last December. But attempts to move away from restaurant wages dependent on gratuities are part of a growing trend throughout the country. (Note that tipping is not banned outright at either restaurant — service is included in the prices, but as is common practice in many other parts of the world, you can still leave a little something extra if you're so moved.)
Girard does not have a liquor license, but the soft drink selection includes Elixr coffee, tea, local kombucha, and mocktails — plus a list of fresh cocktail mixers available if you do BYO.
Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. The restaurant has said it will not reserve any seating for walk-ins, preferring to encourage reservations. The full food and drink menu is posted below.
Girard Brasserie and Bruncherie, 300 East Girard Avenue, (267) 457-2486, now open.