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PhilCo Bar & Diner Opening in June in The Short North

Ayana Wilson Ayana Wilson PhilCo Bar & Diner Opening in June in The Short North
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When Phillip’s Coney Island, the Short North dining institution, abruptly closed last year, locals wondered what would fill the vacancy at 747 North High Street. But now a new black-and-white sign is up in the window stating “PhilCo Bar & Diner Coming Soon”.

Randy and Tina Corbin, the entrepreneurs behind such successful spots as The Little Palace, El Camino Inn, Club 185, and the Short North’s own The Rossi, jumped at the opportunity to take over the location. By Mid-June, the diner-style eatery will be opened to serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

PhilCo Chef Andrew Smith. Photo by Chris Walker Photography.

The name is an homage to the original Phillip’s Coney, and to that end, their famous Coney Island Dog will be a part of the new menu. Chef Andrew Smith from The Rossi will be creating the rest of the menu, a collection of diner-inspired items that will feature local ingredients, and cost roughly $5-$15 per dish.

There will be familiar and comforting meals, as well as new twists and takes on the classics we’ve all come to love. Brunch will be offered on the weekends, and yes, customers will be able to enjoy their favorite libations at this time, and any time. The Corbins recently acquired the liquor license necessary to sell alcohol at the spot, and they’re very much looking forward to the possibilities at PhilCo.

“We really like those old, nostalgic places that have a history,” shares Tina Corbin. “There isn’t anything like what we’ll be doing. We don’t want to be the kind of place where you come in once. We want to be a part of the neighborhood, and make our own history.”

The new look at PhilCo will have also reflect this sentimentality. Long counters and comfy booths will open up to slightly modern shapes and shades designed to make the customer feel right at home. Servers will dress the part, so a trip to PhilCo will feel like stepping back to a time when family, value, and community mattered as much as the grub.

Tentative hours for PhilCo will be 8am to midnight, Monday through Friday, with brunch hours on the weekend.

More information can be found online at www.facebook.com/PhilcoBar.diner.

Chef Photo by Chris Walker Photography. PhilCo Exterior Photo by Walker Evans.

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