Tria Café Fitler Square, one of the city’s four Tria locations, is closing after two years at 23rd and Pine streets. The building, which housed Dmitri’s previously, has been bought by real estate developer Allan Domb. Tria’s last day hasn’t been revealed yet.
The Fitler Square location originally offered a more extensive menu than the other Trias, going beyond their focus on fermentation in the form of beer, wine, and cheese. But it later became more like the Tria Cafés in Rittenhouse and Washington Square West, which have shorter, more casual menus of salads and grilled sandwiches.
Those two Tria Cafés and Tria Taproom in Rittenhouse are not affected by the closure. Tria Wine Garden on 18th and Ludlow is still in the works, going into the same building as an upcoming outpost of Green Eggs Café.
The restaurant group sent this statement:
Tria, Philadelphia’s favorite spot for wine, cheese and beer, is making some exciting changes this summer. As the group prepares to debut their most ambitious project to date, Tria Wine Garden, they will let go of Tria Cafe Fitler Square; both the building and the restaurant space have been purchased by real estate developer Allan Domb. In an effort to make both the departure of Tria Cafe Fitler Square and the debut of Tria Wine Garden as seamless as possible, all staff members will be offered placements elsewhere within the company, either at Tria Wine Garden, Tria Cafe Rittenhouse, Tria Cafe Wash West or Tria Taproom.
“It has been a pleasure to serve our friends and neighbors in Fitler Square, and we thank them for welcoming us into their neighborhood,” says owner Jon Myerow. “We look forward to seeing them at Tria Wine Garden later this summer, and will continue to proudly serve them at 23rd and Pine until our very last day. We plan to send Tria Cafe Fitler Square off with a smile – and, of course, plenty of bubbly.”
Since 2004, Tria has focused on the “fermentation trio,” occasionally expanding their offerings but remaining true to their core mission. At this time, there is no set closing date for Tria Cafe Fitler Square; it will be announced in the coming months, as Tria Wine Garden prepares to open. Until then, it will be business as usual at Tria Cafe Fitler Square, with dinner service nightly, brunch on weekends, weekly Sunday Schools and Wine Wednesdays, and of course, a broad-ranging selection of wine, cheese and beer. Friends and fans are encouraged to stop by and send the restaurant off in style, and a farewell party is also planned once the closing date is finalized.
Expect something new in the space relatively soon: Philadelphia magazine reports a new liquor license is already up in the window.