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January 30, 2023 — In honor of February being Black History Month, Philadelphia’s acclaimed hotels, restaurants, and bars are showcasing and embracing culture and history through charitable cocktails, multi-course culinary experiences, and one month-long display of vibrant, Philly-inspired art. We’ve rounded up a host of celebratory happenings from The Dutch, Hyatt Centric Center City Philadelphia, Square 1682, and Red Owl Tavern. 
The Dutch, the popular breakfast, lunch, and dinner eatery with a focus on reinventing the Pennsylvania Dutch classics, is reviving the über-popular Mom Mom’s Soul Food Pop-Up, helmed by Executive Chef and Co-Owner Kevin Watters, in conjunction with Black History Month. The pop-up-turned-sit-down-dinner is slated for Monday, February 27 and hosted in remembrance of Watters’ late grandmother Lillian Lewis, who was known in her community as “everybody’s Mom Mom”. For $65 per person, the multi-course dinner includes Deviled Eggs with cajun shrimp and roasted garlic, Baked Mac and Cheese Corn Bread topped with short rib and creamy cheese sauce, Buttermilk Fried Chicken accompanied by slow-cooked collard greens, smoked turkey, and oven-roasted candied yams, and lastly, AppleBread Pudding served warm with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce.
A portion of proceeds from Mom Mom’s Sit Down Dinner will benefit Everybody Eats, West Philadelphia-based, BIPOC-owned and chef-led charity dedicated to increasing food security and building the community. Reservations are highly encouraged and can be made by e-mailing or via Tock.

Hours of operation: Wednesday through Friday 8am – 9pm, Saturday and Sunday 8am – 3pm and 5 – 9pm

1537 S 11th Street | 215.551.5000 |

Hyatt Centric Center City Philadelphia, the upscale lifestyle hotel nestled in bustling Rittenhouse Square, is pleased to announce the next entry in its “Maker Series,” a monthly program highlighting local artists and creators, featuring local artist Joe Barker, in honor of Black History Month. Barker is a long-time veteran of the Philadelphia art scene, painting in Rittenhouse Square and selling his work to passersby. After years of street art sales, Barker had organically become a staple in the center of the city, landing several high-profile commissions including the Rittenhouse Hotel. A self-taught artist, Barker favors Philadelphia’s buildings, parks and streets for subjects, looking to the Italian market in South Philadelphia, Logan Square, Love Park and many more for inspiration.

The exhibit, which will highlight several of Barker’s watercolor paintings featuring iconic Philly urban landscapes, will be on view from February 1 through February 28, with a Meet the Maker reception on Thursday, February 2 from 6 – 8 pm. Attendees will enjoy complimentary light bites and a glass of prosecco, courtesy of Patchwork Restaurant & Bar. The reception is free to attend and open to the public.

All exhibited works will be available for sale and can be purchased by contacting LAA Art Collective.

1620 Chancellor St | (215) 985-1234 |
Square 1682, the modern American upbeat kitchen located on the ground level of the Kimpton Hotel Palomar, boasts a memorable Black History Month menu courtesy of freshly minted Executive Chef Ronde Murphy available only on Friday, February 24 and Saturday, February 25. À la carte dishes include appetizers of Corn Bread and Honey Butter ($6) and Shrimp Hush Puppies ($15) with spiked blueberries, and remoulade, and main courses of, CornmealCrusted Blue Catfish ($22) complete with hopping John and 1682 hot sauce, and Red Eye Gravy Smothered Chicken Breast ($24), over a bed of collard greens and a side of mouth-watering mac-n-cheese. For dessert, guests can enjoy Red Velvet Cake ($12) consisting of white chocolate ganache and pearl sprinkles.
A portion of proceeds from each item sold will benefit local BIPOC-owned and chef-led non-profit organization Everybody Eats. Reservations are highly encouraged and can be made via OpenTable. 
Hours of operation: Monday through Friday 8 – 11am (breakfast); Monday through Thursday 11:30am – 2pm, Friday 11:30am – 3pm (lunch); Tuesday through Thursday 5 – 10pm, Friday and Saturday 5 – 11pm (dinner); Friday and Saturday 3 – 5pm (mid-day menu); Saturday 9am – 3pm, Sunday 9am – 2pm (brunch).

121 S 17th St. | 215.563.5008 |
Red Owl Tavern, the modern American tavern located on Independence Mall, will be highlighting Uncle Nearest this February, the first African American master distiller who perfected essential whiskey distilling processes, by offering up $15 Old Fashioneds, made with the 1884 small batch edition. Red Owl Tavern will be donating $1 from each drink to Philadelphia Academies, and Uncle Nearest will be donating $1 to HBCUs, historically black-owned colleges, and universities.
Hours of operation: Monday through Friday 7:30 – 10:45am (breakfast); Monday through Friday 11:30am – 4:30pm (lunch); Monday and Tuesday 4:30 – 9pm, Thursday and Friday 4:30 – 10pm, Saturday 5 – 10pm (dinner); and Saturday 8am – 4pm and Sunday 8am – 3pm (weekend brunch).

433 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA | 215.923.2267 |
-Eleni Sterious