January 15, 2019
A new restaurant, owned by Bridget Foy and husband Paul Rodriguez, will open in Queen Village on Friday.
Cry Baby Pasta will mark the couple's much-anticipated return to the Philadelphia restaurant scene. In 2017, a fire destroyed Bridget Foy's, a family-run restaurant founded by Foy's parents and named for her.
While waiting for Bridget Foy's to rebuild – a tentative opening date is set for this fall – Foy and Rodriguez decided to open their first restaurant together, something they dreamed about doing for years while working with Foy's parents.
"We hope to make new memories with everyone, at what we hope will become a neighborhood staple. It isn't the journey we imagined, but from the fire it led us to a new adventure, and we can't wait to share it with everyone."
Cry Baby Pasta will serve Italian food, with everything from the pasta to the bread made from scratch. Husband-and-wife team David Gilberg and Carla Goncalves are the new restaurant's chefs.
The menu was partly inspired by a recent trip to Bologna, Italy. Selections inspired from the trip abroad include tortellini with pork and parmesan filling, and tagliatelle Bolognese.
And gluten-free pasta can be substituted for any dish.
To drink, there will be a cocktail menu, craft beer and cider, wines by the bottle and wine on tap.
The restaurant, designed to be warm and welcoming but also modern and colorful, will feature a 55-seat dining room with a 12-seat oak bar and five-seat drink rail.
"This isn't your precious BYO where you have to whisper. I call it a 'rock and roll pasta bar,' where you can let your hair down and be yourself, share dishes, find something for everyone," said Foy.
Sundays through Thursdays the kitchen will stay open until 10 p.m., and on Fridays and Saturdays it will stay open until midnight.
Weekday happy hour will launch later this winter.
Cry Baby Pasta is one of eight restaurants and bars projected to open in the South Street Headhouse District in 2019.
Friday, Jan. 18
627 S. Third St., Philadelphia, PA 19147