Bridget Foy’s Reopens This Weekend on South Street Following Devastating Fire
Bridget Foy and husband Paul Rodriguez, along with parents John and Bernadette Foy, announces the grand opening of the brand new Bridget Foy’s at 200 South Street this Friday, February 12th at 4:00pm. Bridget Foy’s is one of Philadelphia and South Streets most beloved restaurants that has served the community for decades since the 1970s. The entire restaurant was lost in 2017 during a devastating fire. After three years of demolition, construction, design, pandemic delays, two COVID shut-downs, a giant snow storm, a East Philly Café Pop-up and limited dining capacity, Bridget Foy’s is finally ready to return and make its grand debut overlooking one of Philadelphia’s most picturesque corners. The new dining room and bar features a show-stopping gold tin ceiling, striking wood and tiled floors, socially distanced seating, 16 oversized windows and doors opening to the sidewalk, advanced ventilation, artwork by Bernadette and Paul, and other touches of nostalgia and Americana with a light, modern and airy twist.
Outside, look for more outdoor seating than ever before with a patio cafe featuring their first-ever outside bar and service window, state-of-the-art outdoor covered heating space, plus sidewalk seating on the front of the building, with room for more along 2nd Street in nice weather. For the kitchen team, the Foy’s have tapped the culinary talent of Chefs David Gilberg and Carla Goncalves of Cry Baby Pasta and formerly of Koo Zee Doo. Look for the return of updated Foy’s classics and favorites, plus Gilberg’s spin on American comfort cuisine. Goncalves will present her scratch pastries and desserts.
At the bar, loook for cocktails that play a riff on the classics, plus a robust, accessible and affordable selection of wines. On tap, look for craft beers, wine by the glass, sparkling wine, and batched cocktails. New, look for the first-ever Bridget Foy and Cry Baby Pasta canned cocktails that are perfect to go and for take-out. Starting services include indoor and outdoor dining, dinner, weekend brunch and midday weekend menus, cocktails, beer, wine, cocktails to go, take-out, pick-up and delivery. Hours will be Wednesday to Sunday, from 4:00pm to 9:00pm for dinner, and on weekends Saturday and Sunday brunch from 11:00am to 3:00pm, mid-day menu 3:00pm to 4:00pm, and dinner 4:00pm to 9:00pm.
“We are so thankful for all the of amazing support over the last three years and we are so excited to bring life back to our corner of South Street,” said Bridget Foy. “We have missed everyone so much and we can’t wait to play host again. The neighborhood has a lot of exciting changes coming – including the work on Headhouse Square – and we see so much hope, energy and potential around us even during the pandemic. Loosing the original Bridget Foy’s really helped us realize how beloved and missed we were – and we can’t wait to show our appreciation and see everyone again – we have so much to catch up on.”
Just in time for the return of indoor dining at 50%, Bridget Foy’s will open its doors officially this Friday at 200 South Street Street – at the intersection of South and Second, nestled between Society Hill and Queen Village neighborhoods. Foy said, “While the building, the menu and many other things have changed, our focus is still the same. Bridget Foy’s is Philadelphia and South Street’s original corner bar and kitchen where neighbors, friends and visitors can come together for great food and service since 1978.”
Bridget Foy’s has been a Philadelphia and South Street staple since 1978. For the new Foy’s, parents John and Bernadette will officially pass the torch to Bridget to take over all operations of the beloved family business as it starts a new chapter. While they plan to pass the torch, they will still be involved and guests will still find them sharing stories and saying hello in the dining room and bar. For Cry Baby Pasta, while Bridget will still be involved, Paul will take on leading the family’s second award-winning restaurant, located just blocks away.
For the new menu, Foy wanted to bring back the big classics and stand-outs from the original menu with other selections of American comfort and elevated pub food. There’s something for everyone – and for every taste. So many familiar dishes and flavors for classic Foy lovers. Plus dishes that are new spins on those Foy’s classics. She noted her favorite dish and upgrade being the burger. She said, “The new burger is definitely one of my favorites. It features a new meat blend ground inhouse featuring brisket, chuck and dry aged.”
Sample dishes include:
BUFFALO & BLUE
Classic hot wings w/ crudité and blue cheese
PIRI PIRI WINGS
Grilled & basted with hot sauce, butter and white wine
ROASTED BRUSSEL SPROUTS
GRILLED SWEET POTATOES
Apple Butter, Date molasses, Crème Fraiche
FRENCH ONION DIP
Ralette Cheese, Caramelized Onion, Toast Points
CRAB HUSH PUPPIES .
Grilled Cheese Dipper
SHORT RIB & BLACK BEAN CHILI
Sour Cream, Sharp Cheddar
HARVEST CHOPPED SAL AD
Kale, Farro, Squash, Pears, Seeds, Cheddar, Sherry Vinaigrette
EAST PHILLY BURGER
7 oz daily grind on brioche w/ Shrettuce, Tomato, and American Cheese, House Sauce
Bacon, Fried Onions, Smoked Cheddar, Steak Sauce
B&B Pickles, Honey Mustard
Bbq mushrooms, adzuki beans, vinegar slaw
roasted maitake, bordelaise
FISH & GRITS
Grilled catfish served with creamy grits with spicy pickled collards peanut gremolata
SHELLS & CHEESE
Smoked ham, scallion, ritz cracker crumble
Fresh Pasta sheets layered with butternut squash, swiss chard, veggie bolognese with garlic bread
At the bar, Paul Rodriguez leads the program with help from top mixologist Guy Smith. Together they created the cocktail menu that their own riffs on the classics. On tap, look for 14 selections including eight beers, two red wines, two white wines, one sparkling and one draft cocktail. For wine, look for wines by the bottle and glass, with a focus on diverse, approachable and affordable selections perfect for both regulars, neighbors and tourists. For sports and movie lovers, look for two giant 60 inch HD televisions at the bars for sports events, movie nights and other special programming – when that returns and is allowed with seated bar service.
For something new and exciting, Bridget Foy’s will debut their first-ever canned cocktails which are perfect to go with take-out food. Look for two selections below – each inspired by the family’s two restaurants:
Bridget Foy’s – PALOMA
Tequila, Citrus, Grapefruit Soda, Aperol Float
Cry Baby Pasta – Don’t Cry, Be Bitter
Aperitivo, gin, lemon-lime cordial, tonic
BRUNCH HOT SPOT RETURNS
Bridget Foy’s has been known for many years for being an award-winning weekend brunch destination as well as a top spot for outdoor dining. Like in the former Bridget Foy’s, the new building has an outdoor cafe – but in a new and exciting format. This time around, Foy added a new outdoor cafe and bar with bar seating and table seating, state-of-the-art powerful overhead heaters, lush greenery, lighting and decor, and more. Additionally, look for a sidewalk cafe that is also covered and heated, with panels and greenery between the sidewalk and tables for privacy, safety and added vibe. Additional traditional side-walk seating will also make its debut when the nice weather returns on South Street plus around the corner on Second Street.