Back in June we spotted some movement happening on the location, but since then there has been no real sign of what’s to come beyond a liquor license that popped up in 2013 registered to Dave Frank and Stephen and Geeta Simons, the owners of Cantina, Royal Tavern, the Khyber and several other restaurants.
Instead of simply opening a new restaurant or bar in the space, they’re bringing the Triangle back to life. The owners are leaving much of the character of the original establishment with the taproom staying mostly as-is. The majority of the renovations happening on the space have been on the kitchen. There will also now be outdoor seating for the spot.
Why take on the Triangle? “I feel a certain kinship with the place – not because I used to go there but I feel like they were doing what we do,” Simons said. “They were a gastropub before the term existed. … Their food was delicious! They were a bar that had better food, better drinks, and better service than you would expect from a bar.” The idea, he said, is to “take that idea and carry it forward.”
Simons said the menu – from chef Mark McKinney, who’s half-Italian – will be reminiscent of the old days, which will be a relief to neighbors who buttonhole him outside, hankering for the mussels in red sauce, hot roast beef, and what he calls “the simple, cravable” food that represents “all the best parts of South Philadelphia fare.”
Are you excited to see Triangle Tavern brought back to life?