Rittenhouse’s Blume Opens This Week! Here’s a First Look and What to Expect!
From the heat of the glowing embers will rise up a stylish and colorful bar and restaurant that is designed to be light, fun, casual and yet sophisticated.
In the kitchen, look for Blume to focus on eclectic appetizers, approachable entrees, wood fired pizzas, light flatbreads, and ample vegetarian and vegan options. Menu items will take inspiration from street food and comfort food favorites. For sourcing, Craft Concepts Group continues with every opening to expand use of locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. The menu will incorporate a few Cinder and Craft Concepts Group signature favorites but most dishes will be new and aim to please. The menu will especially offer expanded selections for local neighbors looking to make Blumetheir go-to mid-week, after-work hotspot.
The bar program will be cocktail and natural wine forward – a first for Craft Concepts Group. Light, fun and fruity well-crafted cocktails will share draft lines next to a selection of natural wines. The beer program will feature a robust selection of local ales, lagers and ciders – available by draft, can and bottle.
For the interior, Blume partners again with interior designer Anne White – who designed the interior of Tradesman’s and also the most recent design for Tinsel Christmas Pop-up Bar.
WHY RITTENHOUSE AND THIS NEIGHBORHOOD? WHY MORE NEIGHBORHOOD FOCUSED?
Neighborhood needed an approachable spot that catered to the younger generation, which is a rapidly growing demographic in the ever evolving Center City district. However, our goal is to be a true neighborhood bar/restaurant in that EVERYONE is welcome. Look for dishes with a neighborhood oriented price point, robust menu with offerings for many audiences, vegetarian healthier and lighter concepts, banquets with privacy for larger groups of friends, and comfortable seating.
Natural wine is how one of the world’s oldest beverages used to be made -organically and without adding ANYTHING to it in the cellar. We believe in the simplicity and beauty of natural wine along with the fact it goes along with our love of fresh, green spaces. We handpicked approachable, easy drinking, affordable natural wines that are delicious and promote sustainability.
NOTABLE BRANDS AND WINES:
Dirty & Rowdy Unfamiliar Mourvedre
Lectores Vini Pomagrana Tempranillo
Tenuta La Favola Bianco
20 CRAFT TAPS WITH AT LEAST 3 CIDERS
The beers and cider follow a similar approach that Alex Bokulich, Director of Operations for CCG, enacts in all his beverage programs with a heavy focus on American Craft while being subsidized by the OG European mainstays from Belgium and Germany. Ciders are all from local Pennsylvania cideries with a balanced focus on styles ranging from fruit-forward and sweet to proper dry cider.
New American, street-food inspired small plates and twists on classic/ approachable food.
Teddy Sourias is pleased to announce Executive Chef Aila DeVowe
WHAT INSPIRED THE MENU?
Street food inspired a lot of the small plates, I just think it’s something that has a shared commonality throughout a lot of cultures. Most of the other dishes I wanted to have recognizable flavors that were just done in an unexpected way.
Seasonal ingredients veggies – menu some veggie dishes will reflect seasons
Emphasis on local fruits and vegetables. Through the course of the year, as different items come into season, our menu will change to reflect this.
ANY GLUTEN FREE DISHES OR SECTION?
Many gluten free dishes
What are most notable features about design and decor?
Over 200 plants lining the ceiling, 2,300 roses on the back walls, 88 colored glass panels
What “style” do we call this restaurant in terms of describing the decor?
Why plants and florals and feminine colors?
Drawing inspiration from the Victorian era with the elaborate gardens and intricate colorful wallpaper patterns; The bright colors were used to transform the space from the former restaurant into something completely different and fun. Having live plants in an interior space to naturally purifying the air and to create a calming interior environmentHow many flowers on back wall?