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First Pics: Townsend opens at 1623 E. Passyunk Ave.

Townsend, the eponymous “wine-driven” restaurant from chef Townsend Wentz, has opened at 1623 E. Passyunk Ave., the former location of Sophia’s, Salt & Pepper and one half of Rosalena’s.


They pulled out the old bar and Wentz built this new, smaller one that opened up the room.

Townsend (2)

After doing a preview the previous weekend, Wentz and general manager Lauren Harris began dinner service Thursday with the full opening menu (see below), a surprisingly affordable drink list (thankfully) and an airier feel to the bar area and two dining rooms.

The dining rooms hold about 50 guests, with another 14 or so in the bar area. Soon, they plan a sidewalk cafe and will eventually serve dinner in a small patio that they share with neighbor Capogiro.

Part of the first-floor dining room.

Part of the first-floor dining room.


The second floor

The second floor

The best table, overlooking Passyunk from the second floor.

The best table, overlooking Passyunk from the second floor.

Dinner is served seven days a week, till 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 10 the rest of the week. The bar is open until 2 a.m. each night, says the website. Find them on Facebook here and Twitter here.



Anyone have any early reviews?


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5 Responses to First Pics: Townsend opens at 1623 E. Passyunk Ave.

  1. c.g. May 5, 2014 at 9:37 am #

    They make a tasty Pimm’s Cup.

  2. Lee May 5, 2014 at 9:46 am #

    ohhhh, can’t wait.

    looks like a good spot to linger at the bar and definitely a good spot for a more special-er dinner.

  3. imogene May 5, 2014 at 1:09 pm #

    Oh look, another swanky Passyunk restaurant (Noord excepted) that gives vegetarians the cold shoulder. I’d like to propose a cookoff among all the neighborhood chefs to create a meat-free entree. Then add that to your actual menu.

    • jr May 5, 2014 at 2:23 pm #

      even the vegetable salad has bacon in it!

    • AnthonyG May 6, 2014 at 8:28 am #

      @imagene: I propose you open your own vegi-restaurant. Or go to Vegan Comissary. Come to think of it, I’m going to start complaintng about THEIR lack of meat dishes!
      Sorry to burst your bubble, but the vast majority of the population likes to eat meat.

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