East Passyunk Ave.’s burgeoning restaurant row will see two new arrivals in coming months. The first is Birra, a restaurant and bar from Starr and City Tap House vet, Gordon Dinerman. It will be located on the corner of 12th and Morris streets at Passyunk Ave. (in Doggie Style’s doggie daycare spot). The focus will be on rustic Italian and Mediterranean dishes, and American and Italian craft beer. “We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel,” Dinerman told Grub Street. “We’re actually trying to slow it down a little.” He added that he’s looking to open in May, and “the liquor license is going in the window this week.”
Birra will seat 50 inside, and another 40 outside. No chef has been named yet, but Dinerman said he’s met with several people that he will not identify, because they’re still employed elsewhere.
“I don’t even have a stove,” Dinerman offered as proof of just how rustic he expects the menu to be. “We’re going to do everything in a brick oven.”
Dinerman is unfazed by the similarity of the name of this venture and Marc Vetri’s Birreria 600 coming to North Broad Street next year. “If anything, it lends validity to the concept,” he said. “If Marc’s doing it, I’m confident that we’re on the right track.”
Details for the other new restaurant, which is going by the working title Stateside, are hazy at best. What we do know is, it’s a new venture from the owners of Green Eggs Cafe, it will be located near the fountain on East Passyunk Ave. and have a liquor license. A contractor involved, who asked to not be identified, told Grub Street that construction just started.
Both Birra and the shadowy Green Eggs spinoff are listed as participants in the East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District’s Flavors of the Avenue event, which takes place on April 30.