Southwark restaurant being renovated, reopening soon under new ownership

Southwark restaurant at 701 S. 4th St. is seeing some changes.

Photo from the restaurant on Facebook.

New owners of the restaurant, Chris D’Ambro and Marina De Oliveira, are moving forward with renovating and reopening this Fabric Row spot, hopefully by the end of January.

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When the two heard Southwark was on the market, they bit hard, came back to Philly, and after over a year of back-and-forth with Kip and Sheri Waide (the previous owners of the restaurant), the sale finalized last week.

There will be some slight cosmetic changes to the restaurant, but D’Ambro promises the new Southwark will be in keeping with the soul of the restaurant: a farm-driven menu alongside classic cocktails — a neighborhood place for any day of the week, with a menu that will accommodate a few bites at the bar, or a full dinner experience in the dining room. Industry workers rejoice, D’Ambro will keep the restaurant open on Mondays (a rarity in South Philly), and the kitchen open until 1:00 a.m. Let it be known, Wednesday nights will be BYOB in the dining room.