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New details on Triangle Tavern’s outdoor seating, menu

At Tuesday night’s Passyunk Square Civic Association zoning meeting, Triangle Tavern presented plans for outdoor seating for the renovated tavern, in addition to debuting the menu for the establishment. 

Triangle Tavern

Triangle Tavern closed six years ago, but the owners of Cantina and Royal Tavern are bringing the establishment back to life at 10th and Reed.

Although Triangle Tavern was not presenting a proposal for approval by the zoning board, they wanted to inform the community on the plans for the tavern, especially regarding the outdoor seating planned for the establishment.

Neighbors at the meeting voiced concerns about noise levels and the walkability of the sidewalk with this additional outdoor seating. Triangle Tavern still needs to apply for a sidewalk cafe license, which must then be approved by city council. The plans currently include 60 total seats along both sides of the establishment. The majority of those seats will be located on the Reed St. side. To accommodate for this outdoor seating, some structural changes will need to happen, including the roofline being extended. This roofline extension and the outdoor tables and seating would cut approximately 7 ft. onto the sidewalk.

Now for the exciting news. Here’s a look at the establishment’s menu:

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Chef Mark McKinney created a menu that combines the charm of the old days of the tavern with some new food choices, as well. As you can see, the menu include mussels and roast beef sandwiches, just like the old days of the establishment. Lasagnas, burgers, clams, salads and more will also be offered on the menu, which also includes vegetarian and vegan options. Prices have yet to be determined.

There’s no word just yet on an exact opening date for Triangle Tavern, but it’s expected to be within the next few weeks.

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26 Responses to New details on Triangle Tavern’s outdoor seating, menu

  1. Sarah March 12, 2015 at 11:35 am #

    For the love of god, no one seems to have any creative or original thoughts these days. So the last 5 openings (or coming) are Brigentessa (Italian), Palladinos (Italian) Grace and Pat’s (Italian), Triangle Tavern (heavily favors italian) and bing bing (yeah, something new). The only thing equally us uncreative for the Ave would be french (fond, will, laurel, townsend). COULD SOMEONE PLEASE OPEN A GOOD ETHNIC RESTAURANT, or something, anything but more italian or french!!!!!

  2. Derek March 12, 2015 at 1:01 pm #

    I have to agree. Love Italian food but this is getting monotonous.

  3. AnthonyG March 12, 2015 at 1:08 pm #

    Let’see… this IS South Philly…. oh, and the Triangle Tavern had been serving Italian food since 1933.
    If you lived in China Town you’d probably complain there are “too many noodle places”! BTW, one of which JUST opened down the street.

    • Derek March 12, 2015 at 2:13 pm #


      Glad it’s opened and not really complaining, just saying, there’s a lot of mediocre Italian in the neighborhood, and some excellent. If you’re doing bar food you might try something more interesting. But I get it, move to Chinatown, get out of South Philly, you’ll punch me in the face, etc.

      • AnthonyG March 12, 2015 at 2:59 pm #

        The point being… there is currently LESS Italian food in South Philly than there has been since about 1880.

        • spf5000 March 12, 2015 at 7:00 pm #

          How about an Irish menu to pay homage to 19th century South Philadelphians. Or a Lenape menu would be exciting.

    • Cherry Hill High March 12, 2015 at 2:19 pm #

      AnthonyG, the constant guardian of the Triangle Tavern. “Speak no ills!” he cries. Ever watching, ever defending. *salutes*

      • AnthonyG March 16, 2015 at 8:35 am #

        Ease up on the Oxy-C’s, you make no sense. Yes, it IS great the Triangle will re-open. A vacant building is no good and the new owners have a proven and solid record of running positive business’s. I can’t wait to see 30-50 people sitting out on the sidewalk eating and drinking this summer!

  4. kath March 12, 2015 at 5:10 pm #

    I’m just glad to see something open in this spot and love how neighbors love to complain when new places will bring care to the area. I mean, bars and restaurants are a little noisy, I live right down the street. But also a nice place brings visitors and shoppers and life back into the area. That corner is dreadful so I would love to see more come–outdoor seating is nice and adds charm.

  5. Anne G March 12, 2015 at 6:15 pm #

    I’d like to know what the response was to the neighbors’ concerns about the outdoor seating? Is neighbor input being taken seriously at all?

    • Frank March 14, 2015 at 5:06 pm #

      There were questions raised but few concerns about the outdoor seating expressed at the neighborhood meeting . Passyunk Square Civic Assn Zoning Committee meetings are open to anyone. If you are not there to voice your opposition loud and clear, then “neighbor concerns” will not be heard. Second Tuesday of each month, 7 PM, Annunciation BVM Church.

  6. RichT March 12, 2015 at 6:58 pm #

    Oh for goodness sake… the Triangle was a classic! Kudos to anyone trying for bringing it back. And people are worried about you noise? At 10th and read? Are you serious? Are you still live at 10th and read and there was plenty of noise coming from the intersection itself. That should be the least of anybody’s worries. Welcome back Triangle Tavern! Now if they can only find an entertainer like they used to have … Anybody remember his name?

    • deana March 12, 2015 at 8:00 pm #

      Dusty. I think

      • Connie March 20, 2015 at 1:08 pm #

        Dusty Gale and his crew were a hoot! My husband I were once eating in the Triangle when Dusty was celebrating an abortion with some customers.
        Also, Steve Lopez (who used to write great pieces for the Inquirer and authored The Soloist) wrote a book titled “The Sunday Macaroni Club” (if I’m correct on the title) set in The Triangle.

    • Marianne March 12, 2015 at 9:36 pm #

      Cassanova Brown

  7. Marianne March 12, 2015 at 9:35 pm #

    I’m glad to see something moving into the old Triangle , for the new kids on the block , it was a fun place to eat , get together with family , friends and neighbors , kinda like what you guys want to do now , Italian ? So what , maybe the next one will be different , if not there are tons of ethnic restaurants all over the city to go to .its good for the neighborhood and that’s what counts. Oh , by the way , his name was ” Cassanova Brown ” .

    • Mark March 13, 2015 at 2:14 pm #

      Well said!

  8. Phil March 16, 2015 at 8:43 pm #

    I can assure you that noise and parking are on top of the neighbors’ list of concerns. We understand that the outside seating of 60 will be offered till 2 AM. Really? But we are told that it will be on the Reed street side. Not to worry. Does that mean the party crowd will go mute when turning the corner? I don’t think so. 11 PM is a more considerate closing time for outside. Will there be a band or DJ serenading the Acme parking lot? Dusty, Casanova Brown, Joe Green and others sang inside. Having The Triangle Tavern back in business could be a good thing for the neighborhood, which a lot of us call the Italian Market area. The menu looks great. If the new comers want to eliminate the Italian from the menu or the regional name, preferring the Indian “Passyunk”, that’s fine. Italian food popularity won’t suffer. But consider, you should also get rid of the Germantown reference since most Germans have relocated. And is this really a Quaker City? What about other religions? Last three sentences are facetious, of course.

    • AnthonyG March 17, 2015 at 8:34 am #

      Slow down Phil, take a breath. I’m going to skip over most that. Bottom line, re-opening the place is a good thing for the block. Don’t freak out because someone may be eating a sandwich on the sidewalk at night. Ten years ago there guys selling meth outside the bar. You’d rather have that??

  9. Phil March 17, 2015 at 11:08 am #

    AnthonyG. If you read my letter above, you’ll find my concerns are not with customers eating sandwiches. I address parking and noise problems. No freaking out here. Just a straight ahead sober tone. Would I rather have the meth dealers? Who says there are only two choices? Bottom line is – if noise and nuisance comes about, there will be complaints. Most of the neighbors are in the dark about the 2 AM outdoor nite life. Yes, having the Triangle back might be fun. But it benefiting the block? That’s a stretch. Believe me. Having less parking is no benefit to the neighbors.

    • Ben March 18, 2015 at 8:51 am #

      Phil, did you look at the menu? This is not a place that people will be driving in from all over to dine at – it’s a neighborhood establishment. The vast majority are going to be walking or possibly using a taxi/Uber to get there.

    • AnthonyG March 18, 2015 at 8:59 am #

      Parking! Squawk! Parking! Squawk!

      Just plain ridiculous. The only parking will involve bikes.

  10. Phil March 20, 2015 at 8:14 am #

    Regarding:”The vast majority (of customers) are going to be walking or possibly using a taxi/Uber to get there.” & “The only parking will involve bikes.” Funny that crystal ball sales pitch. So they already took away about four parking spots on the Reed Street side and we suspect they are preparing to extend the pavement on 10th street reducing three more spots. And the neighbors are asked to forfeit so a restaurant owner can profit. I’m sure the neighbors will will appreciate that while orbiting the block incessantly looking for space. I can tell you that last night a petition has been circulated informing the neighbors of the stealth zoning procedures. They are outraged. Parking Squawk??? You get what you tolerate.

  11. AnthonyG March 20, 2015 at 8:46 am #

    @Phil: I am not sure you have any understanding of this at all. There is no zoning issue. The property has been zoned for this use for 90 years. You should have realized that before you moved next door. Your mistake.
    As for parking, I can only assume your too lazy to read the menu. Nobody is driving to the Triangle for a spaghetti and meatballs. And, BTW, the parking spots are not yours, they’re for anybody.
    Parking! Parking! Parking! Think of the children!! Squawk! Squawk! Squawk! Squawk…….

  12. Kev March 25, 2015 at 9:14 pm #

    Just open already. Such a great spot. I’m hopeful they will make some money and spiff up the corner so it does t like so drug dealersh

  13. cemego March 31, 2015 at 12:47 pm #

    ANYTHING will be better then how it was previously run and who ran it before. To be honest, I’m amazed the place is structurally sound. Get L&I in there so we dont have yet another typical philly building collapse on our hands.

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