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Sandwich Swap: Lyas Cafe Has Replaced Nhu Y

The banh mi may be gone, but the tiny Italian Market-adjacent spot is still cranking out sandwiches — including vegetarian options.

Passyunk Post

Lyas Cafe has opened in the closet-sized space at 802 Christian Street, reports the Passyunk Post, and will attempt to fill the sandwich-shaped hole in our hearts left when former occupant Cafe Nhu Y shuttered last spring. (At the time, Nhu Y's owners said they were moving to a new location on Washington Avenue, but we haven't received any updates since.)

No, you won't find any banh mi on the menu here, but the new shop is turning out a surprising variety of items given the extremely limited space. There's an eclectic selection of panini, salads, and vegetarian hoagies and wraps, with several items leaning toward Mexican flavors.

Seating is still very limited, of course, but the space has been brightened up and decluttered — and unlike Nhu Y, Lyas is open seven days a week.