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Inside Double Knot, 13th Street's Coffee Shop With A Secret Izakaya

Michael Schulson is at it again.

Double Knot officially opens next Tuesday, February 2 on 13th Street, and what was once the Sansom Cinema, has since transformed into a jaw-dropping (courtesy of Rohe Creative) bi-level, multi-concept restaurant by Michael Schulson. Loaded with an Elixr Coffee Roasters partnership, DK's ground floor will act as a café-by-day, specializing in top-notch, custom blend coffee drinks, including Modbar pour-overs and nitro cold brew. High, hardwood ceilings cap walls lined with antiques aplenty. The floor between the coffee bar and seating area has original, albeit strange, mosaic tiling.

Coffee may be Double Knot's day job, but much of the equipment is hidden under the counter (save for an espresso machine in the back). That way, at 5 p.m., the quick-change to a full bar with wine, beer, and cocktails is a smooth transition.

Way in the back, there's a door, and then a dimly-lit staircase, and then another door. And out of nowhere, an expansive dining room: Double Knot's izakaya, headed by the able hands of Kevin Yanaga, serving sushi and robata (meat skewers grilled over charcoal). In the back, a second bar overseen by beverage director Zack Davis. The lighting is almost entirely antique, and the wall art was designed by Fishtown tattoo studio, True Hand Society. Take a tour of the space here, and see it for yourself next Tuesday.

Double Knot

120 South 13th Street, , PA 19107 (215) 631-3868 Visit Website

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