Pennsport now has a sandwich shop, and it’s the latest in a series of restaurant moves in South Philadelphia.
Chefs Lee Styer and Jessie Prawlucki-Styer owned the destination Fond, beginning in 2009 on East Passyunk and after 2012 at 11th and Tasker streets across from the Singing Fountain in East Passyunk. In 2016, they joined chef Joncarl Lachman to open a restaurant called The Dutch at Fourth and Cross Streets a mile away in Pennsport. (Cute pun: Lee Styer is of Pennsylvania Dutch descent, and Lachman’s family is from the Netherlands.)
Then the pandemic hit. Lachman withdrew from the Dutch (he now has Winkel at Center City). The Dutch chef since the opening, Kevin Watters, became the owner. Last spring, the Styers decided to take a more laid-back route to The Bottom, transforming it into The Dutch while adding cocktails and all-day menus. At the time, they also closed the Pennsport restaurant.
The Pennsport location (1527 S. Fourth St.) opens June 8 as The Dutch, serving a menu from Wednesday to Sunday. It’s now fast and casual, with a take-out window outside on the Fourth Street side and an order counter inside; customers can also dine in and pick up their own orders.
It is no longer a restaurant.
Watters oversees a simpler menu of sandwiches (an egg sandwich, four burgers including a breakfast burger, two chicken sandwiches and a falafel flatbread), as well as two types of fries, chow chow pickles and yogurt The farmer.
For dessert, there’s Prawlucki-Styer’s malted milk chocolate and salted caramel cho-cho ice cream.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.