James, the new Logan Square bar and restaurant by the folks behind Old City's Mac's Tavern (a team which includes Eric Vesotsky, Ben Haney and Ronald Donatucci Jr. and Michael Suminski), opens today at 4 p.m.
James takes over the corner space below the Lofts at 1835, where Mission Grill once stood. And where Mac's succeeds as a casual tavern, James aims to do the same, but through a more "sophisticated" lens. So while TVs line the bar area, they also turn into mirrors when not in use. Given its extra-close proximity to the upcoming Comcast Innovation and Technology Center, James poses to be an accessible hub to the influx of suits-and-ties coming for Center City, so it's a good idea that Eimer Design incorporated a few private dining rooms into the layout.
Menu-wise, chef Michael Suminski made up a Center City-priced list of starters that set you back anywhere between $12 (for a grilled romaine salad) and $18 (for jumbo lump crab cocktail), and entées that hover around the high-$20s to mid-$30s range— think lobster ravioli, rack of lamb and crab cakes. There's a bar menu, too, full of mostly handheld eats. Cocktails are priced normally: $10-$16. Check the menus below for the full details.
James, by the way, is named after James Logan, the former mayor of Philadelphia, and the "Logan" connected to Logan Circle.
Bar hours are from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., kitchen hours are from 5-10 p.m., and lunch is on its way.