Wm. Mulherin’s Sons — Philadelphia, USA
History lurks around most corners of Philadelphia. In the case of Wm. Mulherin’s Sons, a new hotel and restaurant located in the city’s emerging Fishtown neighbourhood, it proudly exists front and centre. Occupying an eponymous 19th century whiskey blending and bottling factory, Mulherin’s has taken care to preserve the industrial flair and original detailing of the landmarked, three-floor building.
Interior millwork, arched windows, terracotta signs and a beautiful vestibule have all been lovingly restored, while a mosaic tile floor, black walnut bar and a hand-painted mural offering guests a warm welcome upon entry. The three-room restaurant, which stands on the ground floor, doles out wood-fired pizzas and hearty Italian fare, together with cocktails and craft beer with a focus on local producers. A cast concrete fireplace serves as a cool design counterpoint to the otherwise nostalgic interior. Helmed by chef Chris Painter, the restaurant showcases a seasonal menu- a welcome addition to Fishtown’s growing culinary and creative movement. Upstairs, four individually treated, loft-style rooms are slated to open later in the year to host guests. A second restaurant concept will also follow hot on its heels soon after.