This is especially evident when perched across the street amidst the bustle of Pub & Kitchen's outdoor tables, which are pretty much consistently full from 5-10 pm everyday.
From there, by comparison, the outdoor seating at Meritage always seems extremely lonely.
Which is probably a missed opportunity.
We're hoping that new chef Anne Coll can generate a little more demand for Meritage and its outdoor seating — and help make the corner of 20th and Lombard a truly vibrant, two-trick pony.
The minor renovation plans to open the windows definitely sounds like it will help.
Q. Can you tell us a little bit about the renovation planned for later this summer?Appear to be emulating positive aspects (longer bar, open windows) of Pub & Kitchen — smart.
A. Well, we’ll be closed for two weeks in August to expand the bar — now it’s only 10 seats — repaint, open up the windows, install butcher block tables, and just generally make it a more friendly, less fine dining place.
That question is from an interview the new chef just did with Philly Mag, in which she also gives a sneak preview of Meritage's new menu.
We like where this is headed.
Exclusive: Anne Coll on Her New Gig at Meritage (Plus the New Menu!) [ Restaurant Club - Philly Mag ]
Meritage Philadelphia - New Menu [ Official Site ]