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About Us

The Story Behind The Institute

June 20. 2008. The Institute Bar opens with untapped beer lines, half a floor and an incomplete tin ceiling. Oh. No kitchen. All of this during the Philadelphia Beer Bar Boom. In what was then, considered to be a "sketchy" neighborhood. Fast forward 10 years, a comedy of mistakes, some great ideas with questionable outcomes, one angry ghost, an epic love/hate relationship,  and some of the best people on this planet, and the little bar on the corner had grown in to more than a corner bar. The Institute became home for the misfits and the geeks, the anti social socialites, and of course, Franklin and his fireplace. In the summer of 2017 the owners were presented with an idea: open a new restaurant a block away. Instead, they chose to make the most difficult choice to sell the original building in order to move the business in to a much needed updated space and what is set to be the premier roof top destination in the city. Coming in September 2019, the re-instituted Institute will reopen a whole block away in the historic Independent Press building. Complete with floors, a ceiling, and the same sass and grit that helped us to become home for many good people. Cheers, Philly. Here's to 10 more years! 


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