Sergeant York, a bar promising a “hybrid Philly and Brooklyn vibe,” opens Friday, October 19, in — where else? — Fishtown. Expect Quizzo nights, DJs, sandwiches and fries, Pennsylvania-made beer and cider, and a cocktail named after Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles: the Big Dick Nick.
The bar is from Jacob Cohen and his father, David Cohen, who was a big name in the Philly nightclub scene from the mid-1980s into the early 2000s, running Delaware Avenue’s Club Evolution and the after-hours spot Revival. The elder Cohen also opened Jake & Oliver’s House of Brews, named after his two sons.
Jacob didn’t follow in his father’s footsteps right away — he became a drummer, playing for Broadway musicals and touring with national acts, and later got into real estate. He came home to Philly about a year and a half ago to develop properties with his dad and two New York colleagues, Alex Halimi and Saul Mazur.
The four guys are teamed up on Sergeant York, opening at 2327 E. York Street in what was Jovan’s Place. The new bar, described as “inspired by the eclectic dive bars of Brooklyn,” will have local beer and cider on tap and a menu of beer-friendly food like a fried chicken sandwich on a biscuit, a vegetarian black bean burger on brioche, hush puppies with whipped honey butter, and the “filthy animal”: a fried pork chop with coleslaw and pickles on a biscuit. John Taus, previously at Wm. Mulherin’s Sons, designed the menu.
The cocktail list includes the aforementioned BDN (Love City’s stout, vanilla vodka, and Baileys) and a Nitty Gritty, named after the new Flyers’ mascot, with orange vodka, cream soda, Triple Sec, and orange juice.
Along with the food and drink, there’s a CD jukebox and three big TVs that will be tuned to sports on game days.
Sergeant York was the name of a highly decorated World War I soldier and a 1941 film about him. “York” is also in the bar’s address.
Look for it to be open weekdays from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. and weekends from noon to 2 a.m. The kitchen serves until 11 p.m. during the week and 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.