Strangelove or: How We’ll All Learn to Stop Worrying and Love the New Bar From Memphis Taproom’s Owners

Anyone remember Blue Bear Tavern?
Anyone remember Blue Bear Tavern? Photo: Naked Philly

Brendan Hartranft and Leigh Maida have settled on Strangelove’s as the name of their next venture, the re-imagining of the space at 216 S. 11th Street that previously housed The Butcher & The Brewer, and before that The Boliermaker, The Blue Bear Tavern, and at one time, Doc Watson’s. The Insider reports that the name has nothing to do with Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 masterpiece, so don’t expect to find a mural of Slim Pickens straddling an a-bomb anywhere inside when it opens. However what we can all count on is two floors, two bars, 18 taps, two beer engines, a solid menu (they’re looking for a chef), and a space for private parties. Mid-March is still the target for an opening. [Insider]

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