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January 25, 2021

Ember & Ash, a new restaurant on Passyunk Avenue, features custom-built hearth

The menu boasts smoked octopus, roasted chicken and dirty molé

Food & Drink Restaurants
Ember & Ash Courtesy of/Mike Prince

Ember & Ash uses local ingredients and highlights them to show their versatility and sustainability.

A new restaurant has opened at 1520 E. Passyunk Ave. in the space that was formerly Brigantessa, which closed after five years.

Ember & Ash is currently up and running, offering takeout and delivery. Indoor dining will begin Friday.

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Chefs and business partners Scott Calhoun and David Feola, along with their other partner and general manager Gianna Spatoulas, came together to launch a concept that they all felt was missing from Philadelphia’s culinary scene.

They describe Ember & Ash as having "a modern approach to a lost art" and the cuisine as "global peasant food." Menu items are cooked in a custom-built, wood-burning hearth.

Among its many offerings, the menu features a half or whole roasted chicken, smoked octopus, swordfish pastrami and rye and dirty molé, which combines chocolate with chicken liver mousse.

Also, a changing selection of breakfast sandwiches are served Saturday and Sunday mornings until they sell out. The restaurant has cocktails and to-go drinks, as well.

Ember & Ash is open for dinner Tuesday through Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. The restaurant is open for breakfast Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It remains open throughout the day on Saturdays for beverage service.

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