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November 03, 2015

Opa owners to open saloon on Jewelers' Row

Craftsman Row to open later this month

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Jewelers Row M. Edlow/Visit Philadelphia™

Philadelphia’s Jewelers’ Row is the nation’s oldest diamond district—and one of the largest.

Co-owners of Midtown Village’s popular Opa and Drury Beer Garden, brother and sister George and Vasiliki Tsiouris, are bringing another dining concept to the area. They're set to open Craftsman Row Saloon by the end of the month along Jewelers' Row at 112 S. Eighth St.

Named for the artisans who give Jewelers' Row its name, Craftsman Row will open up in the former Coco's bar. Coco's opened up in 1984, but the space has been a landmark neighborhood eating establishment for a century. Certain touches, like the original bar facade, which is marked by nameplates of Coco’s regulars, will remain to lend character to the space and keep its history alive.

After the space is refurbished, the restaurant will offer lunch, dinner and drinks. Chef Rich Freedman, currently the sous chef at Opa, will lead the kitchen in creating a menu of healthy local staples. Once it's ready, Craftsman Row will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. seven days a week.