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30-Year-Old Fairmont Restaurant Has Closed Temporarily

Rose Tattoo Cafe is closed amid a change in ownership

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The bar at Rose Tattoo Cafe
The bar at Rose Tattoo Cafe
Rose Tattoo Cafe/Facebook

Rose Tattoo Cafe, which has been a neighborhood staple since 1989, has temporarily closed, as reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer. No reopening date has been given for the restaurant, which is located at 1847 Callowhill Street.

According to the Inquirer article, the restaurant closed on July 26, and may be experiencing a delay in transferring its liquor license. Rose Tattoo changed ownership in May, as founders Michael and Helene Weinberg turned the restaurant over to Michael Maltepes but retained its staff. (Alysia Maltepes is listed as the manager of Rose Tattoo Cafe’s Facebook page and of Greek cafe Odyssey Coffee Shop down the street.)

The Inquirer speculated the restaurant may reopen in a couple of weeks. Its reservations are currently offline.

Named after a Tennessee Williams play and located in a 100-year-old Victorian building, Rose Tattoo has been a staple date-night spot in the neighborhood, serving dishes like roast chicken and pasta.

Rose Tattoo Cafe

1847 Callowhill St, Philadelphia, PA 19130 (215) 569-8939 Visit Website