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January 14, 2021 — Indoor dining is back in Philadelphia as of Saturday, January 16 and local restaurants are gearing up to welcome guests back into their establishments while following CDC guidelines and safety protocol. Check out the list of restaurants and bars below for a full breakdown on where to dine indoors this winter.
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Assembly Rooftop Lounge, Center City’s rooftop lounge with panoramic views of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, City Hall and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, is re-opening after a brief hiatus on Saturday January 16 at 4 pm with  a variety of bites and cocktails, as well as an ample supply of fire pits and brand new heat lamps to keep guests warm amidst the winter weather.
Opening hours: Friday and Saturday 4 – 9 pm
1840 Benjamin Franklin Parkway | 215.963.2723 |
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The Bourse, Old City’s modern artisanal food hall, is set to open for indoor dining seven days a week. Guests are invited to browse the food hall and indulge in a variety of food options from vendors such as Prescription Chicken, Marino Brothers, Scoop DeVille Ice Cream, The Original Hot Dog Factory, and Grubhouse while practicing social distancing. Due to big open spaces in the large food hall, tables are spread out in a way to make guests feel safe and comfortable while dining. Additionally, the food hall staff has installed sneeze guards at all vendors, floor markers distanced at six feet apart, and hand sanitizer stations at each entrance. No reservations needed. 
Opening hours: Monday through Saturday from 7 am – 10 pm and Sunday from 9 am – 6 pm
111 S Independence Mall E | 215.625.0300 | 
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East Passyunk Avenue, home to over 150 independently owned businesses in South Philadelphia, has several restaurants opening for indoor dining at 25% capacity while adhering to safety protocol and CDC guidelines. Eateries such as Barcelona Wine Bar, River Twice, La Scala’s Birra, and Flannel are set to open for service with masks and face shields worn by employees, increased cleaning, timed reservations, and even contactless payment and QR codes at various restaurants.  
Check out the respective businesses’ websites for opening hours.  
1904 E. Passyunk Avenue | 
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Forsythia, Old City’s French bar and restaurant helmed by Chef Christopher Kearse, is set to re-open its doors for socially-distanced indoor dining on Friday, January 29. The restaurant will only take on 18 guests at a time to guarantee a safe and intimate dining experience with French cuisine boasting Charcuterie, Mussels, Shiitake Mushroom Tartine, Rohan Duck, Seared Scallops, and more. Forsythia provides hand sanitizer at each table, paper menus, and currently accepts contactless payment only. Masks and face shields will be worn by all employees throughout service, and any high traffic as well as food and beverage preparation areas are covered by plexiglass shields. Reservations via the website or Resy are highly recommended. 
Opening hours: Wednesday through Sunday from 4 – 10 pm
233 Chestnut Street | 215.644.9395 | 
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MilkBoy, The Philadelphia-born brand that includes a legendary recording studio in Northern Liberties and bar-and-restaurant concepts MilkBoy Philly and MilkBoy South Street, will open its South Street location for indoor dining while adhering to social distancing guidelines. In addition, their new expanded streetery area dubbed “Rock Salt” will be available for guests choosing to dine outdoors. Diners can look forward to a stellar menu featuring tasty bites and libations including burger variations, fried chicken, cocktails, canned beers, and a unique selection of house-made seltzers. Contact-less menus via scannable QR codes are available. 
Opening hours: Wednesday and Thursday from 4 to 10 pm and Friday through Sunday from 11 am to 10 pm
1100 Chestnut Street | 215.925.6455 | 
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Red Owl Tavern, the modern American restaurant across from historic Independence Hall, strictly enhanced all its health and cleaning protocols to offer a safe and welcoming space for indoor diners. For example, the restaurant is following all city and statewide safety protocols, is using EPA-registered cleaning products and is conducting daily health screenings of all employees. Red Owl Tavern’s winter menu includes old favorites and new creations such as Roasted Chicken, Salmon with tomato, avocado, corn, meyer lemon and a Cheesesteak with cheddar and fried onions. 
Opening hours:
Lunch and Dinner: Monday through Thursday from 12 – 8 pm 
Friday: 12 – 9 pm
Brunch: Saturday 8 – 4 pm and all day menu is 12 – 9 pm  
Sunday (brunch only): 8 am – 1 pm 
433 Chestnut St. | 215.923.2267 | 
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Square 1682, the modern American kitchen located at the intersection of 17th and Sansom streets, is excited to welcome back locals and tourists for dinner service indoors with offerings such as a Crab Cake Sandwich, Cauliflower Curry, Gnocchi, Jerk Chicken and more. Weekend brunch will also be available. To guarantee each diner’s safety and well-being, Square 1682 is following all city and statewide safety protocols. 
Opening hours: 
Dinner: Wednesday through Saturday from 5 – 9 pm
Brunch: Saturday and Sunday from 9 am – 2 pm
121 South 17th Street | 215.563.5008 | 
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Urban Farmer, Logan Square’s modern American steakhouse, is all set for indoor dining. Guests can look forward to a locally sourced menu offering grass-fed steaks, skuna bay salmon, pork chop, sandwiches and more, available for indoor and outdoor dining. Urban Farmer is working closely with the PA Department of Health to keep all diners safe. Reservations are strongly encouraged, and credit card transactions preferred.
Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday from 4 – 9 pm 
1850 Benjamin Franklin Parkway | 215.963.2788 | 
Urban Farmer
-Nicole Schofield