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April 20, 2016

Rival Bros. Coffee coming to East Passyunk

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A cup of coffee from Rival Bros.

East Passyunk's just-opened Essen isn't the only new coffee spot on the avenue.

Rival Bros., the coffee operation originally launched by best pals Jonathan Adams and Damon Pileggi at 2400 Lombard St., is opening a second location at 1600 S. 11th St., around the bend from Passyunk Square. The 500-square-foot space was previously Chiarella's Ristorante, a BYOB Italian restaurant that closed last June.

The menu at the new Rival Bros. location will largely be the same, sticking with its house-roasted blends and seasonal single-origin beans. They also plan to continue offering paninis, bread baked in-store, pastries from High Street on Market and ice cream from Weckerly's (also opening a brick and mortar, by the way).

No word yet on an opening date, but expect it in the months ahead.