The operators of McFadden’s Ball Park and Tavern on Broad are proud to offer their latest venture on the Philadelphia bar and restaurant scene, which just opened its doors on Wednesday, October 28 in the mezzanine of the Academy House at 1420 Locust Street — Tap and Kitchen. Stepping out of their traditional sports bar comfort zone, the Tap team will be challenging themselves by offering a venue focused on two things Philly folks love, good food and great beer.
Tap and Kitchen is hoping to live up to the demands of one of the best beer cities in America by installing a 24 draft line system. The tap system is divided into thirds, as explained by General Manager, John Bernardo. “One third will be a beer recognizable to any basic beer drinker, you know, the basics, such as Bud Light. Another third will be targeted to the more advance beer drinks, such as Golden Monkey. The final third will be filled with beers even the most sophisticated beer drinks will question ‘what is that?’ We will be looking for extremely small local PA brewers, along with smaller breweries nationwide. We will be taking customer feedback on what they want to see behind our bar.”
Even the cocktail menu will be inspired by the diverse beer selection. The beer infused cocktail menu will be a refreshing twist to the cocktail menus and liquor infusions typically offered in Center City.
It does not seem as though beer will be the only thing pouring from Tap and Kitchen’s tap lines. While wine and whiskey have been mentioned to potentially be added to the draft line system, no exact completion date is given at this time.
With the impressive alcohol selection the team at Tap and Kitchen is putting together, the main focus will be around their food. It will be led by Chef Jeff Burke, formally the Executive Chef at the popular South Jersey banquet center the Mansion on Main Street. Chef Burke has been spear heading the kitchen at McFadden’s Citizen’s Bank Ball Park since 2006. The menu will include items ranging from a pancetta ale cheese dip, homemade flat breads, fresh ahi tuna wraps and stuffed pork chops.
“We’re looking to create a place that you can go to lunch with your grand mom, grab dinner with your parents, head to happy hour with your co-workers then come back later that same night and party for your friend’s birthday party,” said Bernardo.
Tap and Kitchen, located at 1420 Locust Street in the mezzanine of the Academy House, will be open 7 days a week.