Currently, the final touches are being put onto Queen Village’s Plenty Café at 705-707 South 5th Street, part of owner-brothers Damon and Anthony Mascieri’s newly renovated 8-unit apartment building. Their European-inspired all-day café, popular on both East Passyunk Avenue and Spruce Street in Rittenhouse, will officially open Monday, November 14.
What started out as a simple coffee-soup-salad-sandwich shop has since grown to gran café status when, nearly a year ago, the brothers introduced an outstanding bar menu and evening-time snacks. They installed an impressive beer/wine/cocktail tap system on East Passyunk, and then, two weeks ago, did it again in Rittenhouse. And since 5th Street will be Plenty’s largest location to-date, it will also boast the biggest tap selection: 21 spouts pouring six craft beers, 12 organic wines, plus three options for draft coffee including cold brew, nitro, and, soon after they open, coffee soda — made from coffee mixed with a house-made Chinotto (roasted oranges, lemons, cinnamon, cloves and star anise until almost burned, then infused into a cane sugar simple syrup). Like its two sisters, the bar will also do it up with a fine aperitivi and digestivi selection.
It’ll be interesting to see where this Plenty stands in Queen Village’s bustling cafe scene, what with Hungry Pigeon blowing it out of the park a block away, and Living Room Cafe doing a very similar concept (sans liquor license) just across the street.