Sicilian BYOB Monsu has set a closing date after almost nine years in the Italian Market. In exchange, chef-owner Peter McAndrews is opening a new Italian restaurant in another part of town, this one with a liquor license, Philly.com reports.
Set at the corner of Ninth and Christian Streets, Monsu, with its candles dripping wax onto the windowsills, plates of ricotta-stuffed ravioli and crispy pork bracciole, neighborhood crowd, and cash-only policy, is a quintessential Philly BYOB. It’s one of several spots opened by McAndrews, a Philly native known for sandwich shop Paesano’s.
McAndrews also has La Porta outside the city in Media. He used to have Modo Mio on Girard Avenue and a few locations of Paesano’s — Modo Mio and two Paesano’s closed two years ago.
The new restaurant, at an as-yet-undisclosed location, will also be called Modo Mio. It was initially reported it might be in Fairmount.
As for Monsu, the last day is September 29, so there’s still time to have a final meal or two.