Way back when, a chef who supervised Joe Battista introduced him to the Low country cuisine of Charleston, S.C.
I grew to love it and went down to Charleston every chance I could get and learned more and more about it – on top of the fact it’s some of the most flavorful and historic food in the whole country: a melting pot of different techniques and cuisines from Africa, Spain, France, Caribbean, Native American,” Battista said. “What’s not to love?”
Battista, whose last gig was Delco-based chef for the catering company Cuisine 365 (a personal-chef service for clients including the Sixers and Villanova Wildcats), has joined his sister-in-law, Crystal Battista, in opening Common Wealth (319 Market St., 215-574-8880).
The bar-restaurant in the spot that was 4 Fathers and GiGi seems more food-forward than the predecessors.
Builder Tom Bury, who has done lots of redesign work for the Restaurant Impossible show, turned the space into a rustic, intimate bistro, adding fling-out windows to Market Street.
The deck alongside the building is one of the larger auto-exhaust-free outdoor seating options in Old City.
Brown liquors are the specialty of cocktails created by consultant David Howard, and the bar features 13 rotating taps of local craft beer and a domestic wine list designed for a rotating cheese selection.
It’s open Tuesday to Sunday. Tuesday to Friday for lunch, Tuesday to Sunday for dinner, weekend for brunch.
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