Philadelphia, PA - Starting Monday, May 7, Rittenhouse popular a.bar at AKA Rittenhouse Square (1737 Walnut Street) will add early morning hours with coffee, pastries and quick-serve breakfast served weekday beginning at 7 a.m. Sister restaurant a.kitchen (135 S. 18th Street) will continue to offer sit-down breakfast service.
Executive Chef Eli Collins will oversee the breakfast menu which features grab-and-go egg options, a smart selection of pastries, as well as yogurt, bagels and other breakfast choices, all perfect to snack on quickly at the bar or take to go as fuel for a productive day.
“The idea of coffee at a cocktail bar was inspired by the bustling all-day cafes of Europe. It’s common for your neighborhood cafe to be your first stop when you leave home in the morning and also your preferred place once work has ended. We can’t wait to offer similarly expanded hours and accommodating service to our friends and neighbors around Rittenhouse Square,” says operator Ellen Yin, of High Street Hospitality Group, whose group has reinvigorated a.kitchen + bar over the last four years. “a.bar is the perfect gathering spot for the morning whether you are just stopping by to grab a coffee and one of our build-your-own egg sandwiches, or a great spot for a meeting with healthy choices like yogurt, fruit or bagels.”
The New Menu Includes:
- Pastries, including sweet and savory croissants, muffins, scones and donuts freshly baked from Old City’s critically-acclaimed High Street Bakery (part of High Street Hospitality Group) otherwise only available at Rival Bros. in Center City
- Eggs, including Chef Collins’ clever build-your-own egg sandwich on a High Street brioche bun, with optional add-ons such as lamb sausage, kale jam and French onion cream, as well as a breakfast crepe and a grab-and-go baked egg soufflé
- Snacks, including yogurt, fresh fruit and bagels with cream cheese
- Coffees, including hot and iced drip coffee and espresso drinks, as well as French press, cold brew, hot tea and a signature “Wake-Up Call” of Earl Grey and lavender honey cortado
- Caffe Correto, the Italian tradition of “corrected coffee” with a shot of liqueur of choice, such as Amaretto or Grappa
Coffees will range in price from $2 for regular or decaf Rival Bros. Drip Coffee to $13 for an Espresso Martini; pastries and eggs will range in price from $4 for Parmesan-Dill Scones and Lemon-Poppy Seed Financiers to $10 for the signature Breakfast Crepe with royal ham and gruyere.