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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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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Looks like Sophia’s never came back from vacation

Sophia’s, which had its share of false starts and name changes during its transition from Salt and Pepper at the end of last year, looks to have closed down for good.

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For good?

A sign on the door at 1623 E. Passyunk Ave. simply says they’re on vacation. Usually, restaurants will say when the vacation ends, you know, so you’ll show up again. More telling, however, is that the phone number is disconnected and they’re no longer on Open Table.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing :  Pennsport 

PSN gushes over Sophia’s; 11 homes coming to site of Fralinger fire

Phyllis Stein-Novack of the South Philly Review gave a rare four tips of the toque to Sophia’s at  1623 E Passyunk Ave.

Looking from the bar into the first-floor dining room. Photo by Andrew Thayer at the Review

Looking from the bar into the first-floor dining room. Photo by Andrew Thayer at the Review

Wowed by the service, the twist on classics like paella and cassoulet, and the bang for your buck, Stein-Novack describes a meal to remember.

Restaurants plan a to-do list before they open. Some fall short on ambience, noise level, service and, of course, the meal. It is obvious Lee and his staff excelled on all levels.

Read the full review here. Incidentally, we couldn’t agree more. Sophia’s is quickly becoming our favorite neighborhood spot. Now just don’t go jacking up those prices!

Across South Philly in Pennsport, Naked Philly reports that the warehouse that caught fire and nearly destroyed Fralinger’s New Year’s will be torn down to make way for a new housing development.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Sophia’s finalizes its menu, launches late weekend happy hour

Sophia’s, which has been open for nearly two months in Salt and Pepper’s old space at 1623 E Passyunk Ave., has finalized its menu, and it’s actually more reasonably priced than we expected given the chef’s pedigree.

Christopher Lee in a handout photo

Chef Christopher Lee and owner Joe Massara kept the average entree to $21. Not bad. Even better is that the menu actually sounds quite tasty. The menu is sharable, so everything will probably come out when it’s ready, but it’s not all small plates at entree prices. The menu’s breakdown is a bit unconventional, but intriguing with two sections of entrees and a decent selection of snacks.

And on top of the regular weekday happy hour, they plan to offer the same booze specials on Friday and Saturday nights from 10 p.m. to midnight: $6 appetizers, $3 beers, $5 wines, $6 cocktails. Thanks for keeping the regular people in mind, guys.

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