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December 15, 2023

Bacon-themed restaurant — serving pork sandwiches, cakes and even drinks — opens in South Philly

Owners Justin Coleman and Kelvin Alexander began Bake'n Bacon as a food truck in 2019. Their new brick-and-mortar spot is on South 11th Street

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Bake n Bacon restaurant opens Courtesy/Morgan Burns Photography

Bake'n Bacon opened Thursday in the former Devil's Den location in South Philly.

After years in the food truck world, the business' owners have created a bacon-themed restaurant with a brick-and-mortar location in South Philly.

Bake'n Bacon made its grand opening Thursday after a soft launch last week. The menu is an ode to bacon, with bacon sandwiches, bacon-themed cakes and even cocktails with a bacon salt rim. The restaurant is located at 1148 S. 11th St., in East Passyunk, at the former site of the bar Devil's Den.

The Black-owned business was started by Justin Coleman and Kelvin Alexander, who opened the Bake'n Bacon food truck in 2019 serving thick-cut, applewood smoked bacon as the star of the show. The new space is 2,500 square feet, seats 86 people in the dining room, has a bar and private event space, according to Eater Philly.

The restaurant is open for dinner service Wednesday-Thursday, 5-11 p.m., Friday-Saturday, 4-11 p.m. and Sundays 4-10 p.m. The menu features loaded mac and cheeses, hanging bacon and a selection of sandwiches. Bake'n Bacon will serve sweets like the bacon and brownie cheesecake and a pound cake with bacon-caramel sauce. There are a few vegan and non-bacon options, as well as a forthcoming kids menu.

Diners can make reservations by phone, and Bake'n Bacon plans to add a Resy option soon. 

The restaurant was inspired by Coleman's brother Derek, who died in 2016 but who gave Coleman the idea of a bacon theme in a dream. Coleman, who owns the building, soft-launched the restaurant on his birthday last week. 

"This was a no-brainer to purchase this property and have it as my first restaurant," Coleman said last year. "The property is in an already established neighborhood that is booming, now more than ever. The locals in this community are committed to supporting the businesses around them and vice versa."

Also this year, Coleman was selected for the James Beard Legacy Network cohort, and Bake'n Bacon debuted its third food truck. Last year, Bake'n Bacon teamed up with Evil Genius Brewing to create a sweet bacon ale.

This story was updated Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2023 to reflect the restaurant's new hours and to note the approval of its liquor license.