Philadelphia’s appetite for new restaurants never wanes.
This week, the city’s hunger for a tasty morsel of dining newness will be satiated with the opening of a new spot from the team behind successful South Street landmark Brauhaus Schmitz.
Chef Jeremy Nolen and owners Doug and Kelly Hager of South Street’s German beer hall have set their sights on solidly American cooking at the team’s new eatery, Whetstone.
Making its long-awaited debut today, Wednesday, July 15, Whetstone Tavern opens its doors to the public at 5 p.m. in a completely renovated space at 5th and Bainbridge streets — a location formerly home to a string of bars and restaurants, including Coquette, where Chef Nolen met his wife, Pastry Chef Jessica Nolen, who will handle desserts at Whetstone.
A turn from the modern German vibe at Brauhaus Schmitz and at the group’s Reading Terminal Market delicatessen, Wursthaus Schmitz, the decidedly American atmosphere at Whetstone comes through in the farmhouse-style furnishings, casual atmosphere and, of course, on the menu.
The American angle at Whetstone gives Chef Nolen the chance to demonstrate the breadth of his culinary skill, though his devotion to house-made sausage and charcuterie — a Schmitz hallmark — remains evident on the new menu.
From an open kitchen, cooks will turn out a menu of classic American comfort food that includes the likes of pan-seared cod; a 12-ounce bone-in pork chop; Blood Mary mussels; and Philadelphia Pepper Pot Soup, a take on a historic recipe.
In addition to the snacks and plates, the menu will be accompanied by the aforementioned charcuterie as well as a cheese list curated for Whetstone by the local cheese experts of Di Bruno Bros.
Naturally, given the new venture’s parentage, plenty of boozy beverages are on offer at Whetstone, too. Guests can expect a tightly curated list of beer on draft and in the bottle, with a larger focus on wine and cocktails, thanks to help from Philadelphia sommelier Marnie Old.
As if we needed more to whet our appetite for Whetstone, the team promises brunch is in the works and outdoor seating is to come.
Open for dinner daily, the restaurant starts serving at 5 p.m. and continues until 10:30 p.m. on weekdays, 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, with a late-night weekend menu until midnight.
For now, make plans to satisfy that craving for new on-point eats at Whetstone.