Rival Bros. Coffee Opens New Shop in Brewerytown

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Inside Rival Bros. Coffee.
Image via Rival Bros Coffee, Facebook.
Rival Bros. Coffee has opened its third Philadelphia location. The new Brewerytown location now joins its other locations in Fitler Square and East Passyunk, respectively.

Rival Bros. Coffee has opened its third Philadelphia location at the renovated building in Brewerytown that previously housed a cold storage facility, writes Michael Tanenbaum for PhillyVoice.

Located at 31st and Jefferson streets, the building used to be owned by F.A. Poth Brewery.

The design of the new shop is to reflect the industrial history of the building, which was constructed in 1870 in the round arch style, with help from architect Otto C. Frank.

While Poth Brewing once produced thousands of barrels of beer each year, it was heavily impacted by the lasting effects of Prohibition, and later closed in 1936.

Rival Bros., however, is known for its daily roasted beans that come from its facility in Frankford.

The new Brewerytown shop includes a selection of breakfast sandwiches along with pastries from Mighty Bread Co. They’re also planning to offer made-to-order sandwiches and salads in the near future. 

The two other shops are located in Fitler Square and East Passyunk, respectively. 

For decades after the closure of Poth Brewing, the building sat vacant until serving briefly as a cold storage facility for the now-defunct Red Bell Brewing Co. in the late 1990s and into the early 2000s.

Afterwards, it became a canvas for graffiti artists and urban explorers and now it’s a coffee shop.

Read more about Rival Bros.’ newest location in PhillyVoice.

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