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October 28, 2020

Olde Bar debuts library nooks for indoor dining

The restaurant features new menu items in addition to a new dining room layout

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You can dine inside a library this winter...kind of. The Olde Bar in Old City has transformed its dining room with socially distanced seating and lots of books.

Jose Garces' Olde Bar, which replaced the iconic Bookbinder's restaurant in Old City, has a new layout for indoor dining that will excite anyone who loves books.

The restaurant's new dining room is set up with library-themed nooks for socially distanced seating.

There's fun, old-fashioned artwork, bookcases and stacks of old books, as well as vintage reading desks for parties of two with green reading lamps.

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Couples can spend date night at a cozy table for two.

The restaurant also features tin ceilings and beer garden-style lights, adding to the space's quirky charm.

"The Olde Bar, and now our new library-themed dining room, pays homage to the original traditions that made Bookbinder’s a landmark in Philadelphia," Garces said. "Our long-term goal is always to celebrate the nostalgia of that place and time in Philadelphia's history, but with our own unique spin and a look to the future."

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Tables are seated far apart inside The Olde Bar and servers must wear masks.

In addition to the changes in the main dining room, Garces also has updated the menu. There are 16 new items. Dishes include lots of seafood options, like the stuffed lobster, bay scallop pappardelle, lobster pot pie and lobster corn dog. There's also winter squash risotto and steak tartare for those looking for comfort food in the colder months.

Olde Bar favorites like the raw bar, seafood tower, crab fingers, Olde Bar crab cake, snapper soup and Jeff's Fried Chicken will remain on the menu.

All new dishes will be available on the all-day menu, available from 1 to 10 p.m. Additional food and drink specials will be offered during happy hour, which runs 4 to 6 p.m. daily.

Current service now includes indoor dining, outdoor dining while weather permits, contactless pick-up, delivery and to-go cocktails. Reservations can be made online.

The restaurant is located at 125 Walnut St.

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