4/10/2013 08:48:00 AM

Strangelove’s Sets Opening Date With Beer, Grits and Grinders

Does Center City need another beer bar? Yes! When it’s a project from experts Leigh Maida and Brendan Hartranft (Memphis Taproom, Resurrection Ale House) and their Local 44 partner, Brendan Kelly, it does. Strangelove’s is set to launch at 216 South 11th Street on Tuesday, April 23 with a grand opening bash.

The storefront between Walnut and Locust was previously home to a string of laughably short-lived projects (Blue Bear Tavern, The Boilermaker, The Butcher & The Brewer) after longtime pub Doc Watson’s closed, but this new endeavor looks like it has staying power.

The 18 taps on two floors are filled with a wide variety of craft brews from around the world - opening pours include Dieu du Ciel Péché Mortel (Switzerland), Omnipollo Leon (Sweden) and Victory Braumeister Pils (Downingtown, PA) - and there are also two hand-pump casks.

Food comes from chef Paul Martin, who’s created a brew-friendly menu of snacks like O. Redenbacher’s (yup, popcorn, with chilis and cotija cheese), salads, sandwiches (the turkey grinder with muffaletta spread is calling to us), Southern sides (such as grits, greens and okra) and a list of assorted larger mains. Many options are vegan. The entire menu is $18 or less (check it out here).

After the grand opening party, regular lunch and dinner service will run every day from 11:30 AM-midnight, with the bar open through 2 AM. Stay tuned for a special weekend brunch menu later this spring (215-873-0404).

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