Bloomsday Cafe, a daytime cafe, nighttime wine bar/restaurant, and anytime bottle shop, is open in Headhouse Square, on Second Street between Pine and Lombard in what was previously Cafe Nola.
The new Society Hill venue, from Zach Morris and Kelsey Bush of Green Engine Coffee Co. in Haverford, is currently in the first phase of its opening, serving Rival Bros. Coffee, coffee cocktails, pastries, breakfast sandwiches, and lunchtime sandwiches and bowls from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner hours will be added soon (likely later this month), and the bottle shop — selling wine, beer, and spirits — will be up and running in about a month or so, once they get the OK from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.
In the morning, look for avocado toast, a “kickstarter” sandwich with egg, ham, cheddar, and chipotle tomato jam on brioche, and cocktails like the “cereal bowl”: Cap’n Crunch–washed vermouth, yuzu, and coconut milk. At 11 a.m., the menu switches to lunch, with a selection of toasts, sandwiches, and bowls, like polenta with broccoli rabe and smoked carrots.
Along with the coffee and cocktails, there are local beers on draft and a long list of wines — 60 bottles and 15 available by the glass — picked by beverage director Tim Kweeder.
The space is 2,800 square feet, with seats for more than 50 across tables, a marble-topped bar, and a lounge area. One tall wall is covered with living moss. Past the dining room and bar is the bottle shop (not yet selling bottles).
Take a look inside Bloomsday, at 414 S. Second Street: