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Flannel Will Change Chhaya Cafe on East Passyunk Avenue

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Low-country cooking and southern kitsch make their option to East Passyunk Avenue.

Chhaya Cafe | Photograph by Marie Jordan

After almost a decade on East Passyunk Avenue, Chhaya Cafe, the favored neighborhood bruncherie and occasional store, will develop into a southern-themed BYOB referred to as Flannel.

Again in April, Marc Grika — an ex-chef and restaurant veteran of over 20 years, each in Philly and past — purchased the enterprise from Vernana Beuria, who opened the the cafe in 2010 (and moved it into its present house at 1819 East Passyunk Avenue in 2014). He instructed the Inquirer that he wouldn’t make any instant adjustments to the house, however that he’d in all probability add dinner in September “in addition to particular occasions, together with pop-up dinners from visitor cooks” — just like the one he threw on June 28th, a southern-inspired supper with latest High Chef contestant Natalie Maronski.

That dinner served as a teaser of what’s to come back. Flannel might be a “whimsical and enjoyable” BYOB that specializes in southern consolation meals — particularly the regional delicacies of the South Carolina low nation (Grika says he spends a whole lot of time down there). Maronski will keep on as a chef guide.

The plan is to maintain Chhaya open via the summer time and begin making small adjustments to the house over the following few weeks, then shut for per week or two to rebrand the house — including wooden, brick, flannel, plaids, some “nation kitsch” — in late August/early September. Flannel must be up and operating someday after Labor Day.

Grika says they’ll serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch, plus a Sunday-only take-out supper. “We’ll feed you all day via the week, however it is best to go hang around along with your family and friends at house on Sundays,” he says. Monday nights might be reserved for one thing referred to as Household Meal, a one seating, family-style meal impressed by restaurant workers meals.

Additionally becoming a member of East Passyunk Avenue’s restaurant row later this summer time: River Twice, one other southern-inspired BYO opening within the previous Izumi house — although it leans extra fashionable/New American than rustic nation.


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