The Wayward: American brasserie with raw bar and lots of gin opens in East Market


In March, before COVID-19 closed the city, a new restaurant announced plans to open in the historic Stephen Girard building in the city center.

As of this week, customers can now visit The Wayward, an American brewery in East Market.

Although indoor dining is not yet permitted in Philadelphia, the restaurant’s outdoor patio is open to diners who wish to drink gin and eat “French and American” foods under string lights.

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The Wayward has the largest selection of Philadelphia gin, meant to pair with oysters and other raw favorites.

Cocktails include restaurant signature French 75 and there are also American and French wines, as well as a custom beer, The Wayward IPA, made by Iron Hill Brewery. The Philly location is one block away.

As for the menu, eExecutive Chef Yun Fuentes explains, “We take the American palette of food and incorporate strong French influences. “

There are snacks like snail croquettes and cheese with local cold cuts. Plates include steak fries, a Pennsylvania-raised Angus beef burger with caramelized onions and gruyere and the duck salad Lyonnaise.

The Wayward is currently open for dinner, with happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. outdoor seating for 30 people.

Seats are spaced at least six feet apart and staff are required to wear masks. Guests should wear masks when not seated at a table and are welcome to use virtual QR code menus. Reservations can be made online.

Until the indoor dining room is cleared to serve guests, those interested in viewing the The space designed by AvroKo can take a look at the photos below. The Wayward was inspired by the Beaux-Arts architectural style of the building. It is located at 1170 Ludlow St.

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Boasting the largest selection of gin in Philadelphia, the brewery will also serve a wide selection of craft cocktails.

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“Everything, from the menu to the design of The Wayward, was a methodical process to ensure that we infuse Philadelphia’s rich local history, while reaching beyond city boundaries to bring our brewery to life,” says Executive Chef Yun. Fuentes.

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