Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Federal Donuts team inks Center City lease for latest restaurant

Kenneth Hilario Reporter- Philadelphia Business Journal

The team behind Federal Donuts and Zahav has secured a Center City location for its new restaurant concept. Rooster Soup Co., a joint venture between Federal Donuts and Broad Street Ministry, has signed a lease for 1526 Sansom St., located one block away from Federal Donuts' Center City spot at 1632 Sansom St.No opening date has been announced yet.

Rooster Soup Co. will use Federal Donuts' unused chicken parts into stock and broth.
Along with soup, the 1,400-square-foot casual American luncheonette will serve salads and sandwiches, and offer a simple bar selection. All of the restaurant's profits, after operating costs, will be donated to Broad Street Ministry to sustain its work providing meals and services to vulnerable Philadelphians.

Philadelphia has one of the highest rates of poverty — more than 12 percent. Broad Street Ministry helps feed 1,200 people several times per week through its “Breaking Bread” program, which is open to the community, prepared by an executive chef, and served tableside to guests by a volunteer wait staff.
“Our success won’t be measured just in financial terms, but also for how it advances a dialogue about how we take care of our most vulnerable citizens," said Steve Cook, who co-owns Federal Donuts with Michael Solomonov and three others. "Our location, just a few blocks from City Hall, Rittenhouse Square and the central business district, puts us right in the middle of that conversation.”

Formerly the Sansom Street Kabob House, Rooster Soup Co. will occupy space in Boxwood Architects' design, which includes a 18-seat counter and bar, and booths and tables that can accommodate up to 40 people.
The menu will include smoked brisket fat matzo ball, Hungarian goulash, cream of broccoli, borscht and pozole.

Not all soups will be chicken stock-based; dishes also include vegan- and vegetarian-friendly Yemenite-style curry with coconut milk, celery root, hawaij and schug.
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The full bar will include whiskey sours, salty dogs, and bottled and canned beers and house wines.
Federal Donuts and Broad Street Ministry last year launched a Kickstarter campaign which raised $179,380 from 1,587 backers, making Rooster Soup Co. a 119 percent-funded campaign.
Donations can still be made at roostersoupcompany.com and are not tax-deductible.
Proposed restaurant hours are 11 a.m. through 11 p.m., seven days a week.

Full story: http://www.bizjournals.com/philadelphia/morning_roundup/2015/09/rooster-soup-federal-donuts-center-city-sanson-st.html?s=print

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