Now officially open in Fishtown, La Colombe has a seriously impressive new home base. In addition to the actual cafe (which has a full food menu), the massive warehouse space houses offices, roasting facilities, a tasting room, a bakery, and the distillery for the brand's signature rum.
You'll be able to order that rum, too, in addition to wine and beer. One of the few things you won't find in the complex is wifi, so as welcoming as the cafe is, it may not be the most hospitable place to work from. Hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday through Wednesday, and 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday through Saturday.
Here's a good photo-intensive look at the build-out process, for the curious. There's ample seating and a huge ESPO mural. The scale of the project feels fitting for a company poised to execute a massive nationwide expansion plan.
On the menu are tartines ("onion soup on toast" with caramelized onions and gruyere, pan Catalan with serrano ham, roasted mushroom and shallot, and smoked salmon with traditional accompaniments) and sandwiches, salads (kale caesar, espresso-roasted beet and goat cheese, and "Judy's bread salad," a take on Judy Rodgers' famous Zuni Cafe roast chicken), cheese and charcuterie boards, and homey dishes like biscuits and gravy or shrimp and grits, served in cast iron skillets. There's also a full selection of excellent pastries and breads, all baked on-site.
La Colombe Fishtown Café, 1335 N. Frankford Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19125.