Indoor dining is back, and with that one announcement, many eateries have decided to reopen their doors—including the city’s newest restaurant.
Craft Hall, located in Northern Liberties on the waterfront, reopened last weekend with expansive indoor dining, new covered and heated outdoor dining and a brand new focus. That new lens on what they serve includes a 700-pound smoker (cranking out BBQ, smoked meats and hearty pizzas), a massive spirit selection, plus 125 indoor seats, and more than 3 dozen outdoor seats.
“We are proud to be able to open our largest property with the return of Craft Hall this week,” said FCM Hospitality and Craft Hall owner Avram Hornik. “Craft Hall is the perfect example of simplicity done extremely well. You can not fake the taste of slow-roasted or in-house smoked meats. We are extremely proud of the time and talent we invest in our food, and are excited for people to see what we’ve been working on the past few months.
“The pandemic gave our staff some time and freedom to explore a new menu direction and retarget to our new audience that has developed during the pandemic. Everything is hyperfocused on our local communities and their offerings. BBQ is the perfect food for families and sharing. Come in, get a little messy, and leave feeling full and happy.”
When it will be allowed, Craft Hall has enough seating to accompany 500 hungry and thirsty Philadelphians at a time, but for obvious reasons, the numbers will look much different at the start of opening for this hotspot due to city regulations on social distancing. Craft Hall will also now offer covered heated outdoor dining in the patio section of the property with 40 seats available at this time. Plywood beams were erected over the existing fenced area and cloaked in clear material and a fresh air heater was installed to warm the space and provide additional circulation during the colder months.
According to the release, one of the original concept ideas for Craft Hall when it opened was BBQ , and now that idea is back to put the facilities, 700-pound smoker, to good use. Craft Hall will be offering “comfort” food that also gives the entire culinary team some creative flexibility for this reopening. The new menu items come from executive Chef Adam Iazarick and his culinary team who have spent time creating a new menu of smoked and BBQ favorites to appeal to the hyperlocal neighborhood diners. The new dishes range from pulled pork, brisket burnt ends, brisket, pork spare ribs, pork shoulder, smoked chicken, BBQ jawn pizza and much more—plus, some vegetarian options as well.
But what’s dinner without some drinks? Cocktail wise, Philadelphians can sip on a S’mores Skyy Vanilla (made with hot chocolate, honey and cinnamon and marshmallow), the Coffee Cascade (made with Screwball Peanut Butter Whiskey, Irish Cream, coffee and hot chocolate), a Pear Spritz (made with Grey Goose Pear, lemon juice, sparkling wine, club soda), plus many other beer and bar options.
On top of offering a prime viewing location for sports (the venue houses 8 HD televisions and 2 giant projection TVs), there is a very delicious incentive for Super Bowl Sunday. The special is $65 per person (for up to four people) for their Game Time Tower that includes buffalo wings, glazed spare ribs, fried cheese curds, french fries, nachos and a standard open bar package.
For more information, visit crafthallphilly.com or call 267-297-2072.