You can get a little preview this weekend of the “wine-driven food” coming to Townsend, the eponymous restaurant from chef Townsend Wentz that is replacing the former Sophia’s at 1623 E. Passyunk Ave.
General manager Lauren Harris tells us that the preview will be tonight, Friday, April 25 from 5 to 10 p.m. and tomorrow noon to 10 p.m. They’ll be serving a small selection of their beverage program and bar food menu.
Full dinner service begins Thursday, May 1. Drink Philly got the list of what’s being offered this weekend, so you can check that out here.
The bar menu includes beef tartare, pate, grilled asparagus, hamachi and other items.
Wentz told us back in February that his vision for the menu was only to serve dishes that are best paired with wine.
“My background follows a French motif,” said Wentz, whose resume includes stints at La Croix and the Four Seasons. “So I want to make sure the food is well-balanced, full of flavor, not too sweet, not too spicy – food that won’t overpower the wine.”
Expect about 50 seats in the two dining rooms, including the second floor. The a la carte menu will include a tasting menu option and the price point will be comparable with the higher-end restaurants of the neighborhood.
The Passyunk boom continues, huh?