Rival Bros Coffee, the Philly-based roaster and coffee shop by Jonathan Adams and Damien Pileggi, will be opening a second cafe location in what used to be Chiarella's at 1600 South 11th Street. They're shooting for a similar vibe to their first location on 24th and Lombard Streets, so expect a bit of renovation. They're shooting for a summer opening.
Physically, the space just makes sense. Upon entrance to the building, you're met with a bar, which one could assume will become the coffee bar. The dining room in the back will more the likely turn into cafe seating.
Food will be similar to their previous location as well: High Street on Market supplies the bread and pastry; toasts and sandwiches get made in house under the watchful eye of Jonathan Adams — a Georges Perrier alum who ran some of the best kitchens in the city (he opened Pub & Kitchen).
Rival Bros will join Passyunk Avenue's booming coffee scene which already boasts a strong lineup of cafes: Black & Brew, B2, Plenty, and Chhaya are just a stone's throw away. It will, however, be the first coffee shop on the Avenue serving their own roast.
Meanwhile, on the other side of Broad Street, Ultimo just started roasting themselves.