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Townsend ranked as one of ‘America’s Best New Restaurants’ by Bon Appetit

In case you weren’t already aware (we know you are), the restaurant scene on East Passyunk Avenue is pretty great. So great that another one of the restaurants on the Avenue is getting some extra praise on a national level.

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Townsend, the French bistro at 1623 E. Passyunk Ave., was ranked as one of the 50 best new restaurants in America by Bon Appetit magazine.

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Townsend, at 1623 E. Passyunk Ave., dazzles both Laban & Philly mag

A pair of glowing reviews has given a big boost to Townsend, the newest fine-dining addition to the Passyunk restaurant boom.

The Inquirer’s Craig Laban gave chef Townsend Wentz’s unapologetically French reboot of the former Sophia’s and Salt and Pepper a stellar three-bell review. And Trey Popp of Philadelphia magazine lauded it with three of four stars.

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Laban particularly was as pleased with the restaurant’s embrace of fine-dining touches — actual table cloths! —  as he was the refined cuisine coming from the kitchen. He says:

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Philly mag gives Townsend, 1623 E. Passyunk Ave., an ‘excellent’ 3-star review

Townsend, the latest gastronomic newcomer to the red-hot Passyunk strip, found a big fan in Trey Popp, the Philadelphia magazine restaurant critic who bestowed three out of four stars on the restaurant.

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Popp praises chef Townsend Wentz as a jack of all trades and a master of them all for his French-influenced menu of precious plates. Highlights include the stingy nettle soup, sautéed sweetbreads, seared striped bass, rabbit pot-au-feu and more.

From the review:

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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.

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

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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.

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Townsend doing bar preview this weekend; full opening Thursday

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.

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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.

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Work has started on replacement for Sophia’s – not called Encelade (updated)

Work has begun on the forthcoming restaurant with “wine-driven food” from chef Townsend Wentz in the former Sophia’s at 1623 E. Passyunk Ave.

Could this be called Encelade?

Could this be called Encelade?

Brown paper is covering the windows and a liquor license has popped up with the name Encelade, which sounds vaguely French. Enceladus is the sixth largest of Saturn’s moons, so maybe we should expect something extraterrestrial? Kidding.

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