A few weeks ago, Eater told you all about the new Pennsylvania law allowing restaurants to sell wine to-go, virtually turning any bar which applies for the extended license into a mini, private wine shop — something Philly’s longed for since food and drink became a priority around these parts. Today, Chris Fetfatzes and Heather Annechiarico, the owners of Hawthornes, Bella Vista’s breakfast/brunch restaurant with an attached bottle shop, told Eater they’ve hopped on the wine train with over 31 different bottles of 20 different varietals available for purchase in-store or via Quick Sips, the restaurant’s beer — and now wine — delivery service. Wines range in price from every-day $11.95 options to $21 occasion bottles. They’ll host tastings every Saturday during brunch, and in a few short weeks, Murray's of New York will come down for themed pairing classes.
Hawthornes's kitchen is also stepping things up. New chef Ron Silverberg — previously chef de cuisine at Ela, and before that in San Fransisco’s hottest brunch spot Mission Beach Cafe — is now running the show on 11th and Fitzwater Streets with a newly redeveloped menu appropriate for fall. Cider-braised pork shank over cauliflower puree and brussels sprouts, sweet potato gnocchi with braised lamb and pomegranate, and pumpkin panna cotta with candied pecans are just some of the new additions.
Meanwhile, over on the west side of Broad Street, Tio Flores, their year-old South Street Mexican restaurant is launching dollar taco night from 6 p.m. to midnight, every monday, starting tonight.
And if you’re wondering about the status of their upcoming Grace & Proper project in Bella Vista, Fetfatzes tells Eater that they’re slowly coming along and construction is well under-way.