Philly food and drink scene

Fergie’s Pub alum is opening a bar at 5th and Cecil B. Moore

Sutton’s is going for a neighborhood feel with an industrial theme.

The future home of Sutton's

The future home of Sutton's

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Philly’s retail boom continues to expand deeper into North Philadelphia. Sutton’s, a new bar serving curated cocktails, craft beer and modern takes on classic foods, is coming to 1706 N. Fifth Street early next year.

Two doors down from Saint Benjamin Brewing Co. and just north of the corner of Fifth and Cecil B. Moore — in a pocket of the neighborhood that’s equidistant from fast-developing hubs near Temple to the west and Frankford Avenue to the east (and is most definitely not called “Stonewall Heights”) — Sutton’s is a project from first-time proprietor Niall Murphy.

After 11 years bartending at Fergie’s Pub, the Carlow, Ireland-born 44-year-old left his Center City post last month to concentrate on this new venture.

“I want to create a neighborhood bar with an industrial theme,” Murphy said, noting his location “in the heart of Kensington, which for years was ‘the workshop of the world.’”

The name follows the theme; it’s a nod to one the families that owned Franklin Iron Works at Front and Girard in the 1800s.

As the location was most recently a corner store-style deli, there’s still a lot of renovation and construction work to be done, Murphy said. He had the basement dug out so he could install a full kitchen to put out what he describes as “a small local menu.”

Food will be complemented by beer pouring from 12 taps and a drink menu created by Dan Carr, who gained acclaim for his booze skills during his time behind the bar at Sbraga’s Fat Ham.

In addition to seating at tables and at the bar, there will be an outdoor space, Murphy said.

Target opening (never a sure thing) is early March 2018.

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