With construction nearing completion, brothers Damon and Anthony Mascieri are targeting a September opening for their Queen Village Plenty Café. The new spot will feature 54 seats inside, 24 outside, high ceilings, and big windows that open wide to the bustling corner at 705 S. 5th Street, making it the biggest Plenty yet.
Until then, Rittenhouse's Plenty Café on the corner of 16th and Spruce Streets will be closed today and tomorrow (August 1-2) for a slight renovation.
During the two-day hiatus, the Mascieri brothers will install a new, fourteen-tap system into their bi-level cafe, of which nine taps will be dedicated to wine, the rest split between beer and cocktails. Just like the East Passyunk location, which boasts an under-rated line-up of both new and old world styles, the Rittenhouse address will showcase a strong, weather-appropriate wine program. Tap cocktails will always include a coffee-cocktail in some variation, and the draft beer list will rotate with the seasons.
Rittenhouse Plenty's food offerings will get an update, too. In the coming weeks, an influx of globally-inspired small plates will land on the new menu, so that, soon enough, South Philly's Plenty won't be the only one offering fancy meatballs and summery High Street toasts.
Shop hours will be similar to the split-service situation happening in South Philly: 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. counter service; 4 p.m. to midnight small plates and wine. The new hours and menu won't go into full effect until August 15.
Meanwhile, the Plenty on East Passyunk Avenue is in the process of converting all 12 tap lines to wine, and adding six more lines for beer.