With a nod to Chicago chef and restaurateur Paul Kahan, Marc Vetri’s gastro-funhouse Alla Spina, which opens Monday, will offer guests a chance to reward the kitchen staff in the noblest and most altruistic of ways: With beer! Vetri and company are calling it “Ode to the Publican” after Kahan’s gastropub where the practice of buying a six-pack for the kitchen originated. Bringing the tradition to Philly, Alla Spina will offer the same feature. For ten bucks the kitchen gets a sixer. And the generous patron who buys it, gets to ring an old farm bell mounted on the pub’s wall to signal that the staff’s been bought a round. “We thought it was really awesome that guests there can buy the kitchen a six-pack,” Vetri told Grub. “It’s a really nice gesture.”
Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean Alla Spina’s culinary team will be working the line while half in the bag. Vetri said the sixers will be added up each night and doled out after service has ended.