Mission: Mexican Inspired Indoor Beer Garden On Way To Rittenhouse

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Michael Klein has written about Philadelphia’s restaurant scene since 1993 in his Inquirer column, “Table Talk,” and on his Philly.com blog, “The Insider.” 

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Here are details of one of the more secret Center City restaurant projects of late:

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Mission: Mexican-inspired indoor beer garden on way to Rittenhouse

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It's called Mission.

Sam Mink, who owns Oyster House, and chef Brett Naylor are saying "summer" for this spacious, Mexico City-inspired indoor beer garden and wood-fired grill above the restaurant, at 1516 Sansom St. (Nodding Head used to be up there.)

Mink is taking clues from his trips to Mexico City as well as from San Francisco’s Mission District, where he lived for nine years before taking over his family's restaurant. It's the former Sansom Street Oyster House.

Mission will serve dinner as well as happy hour beginning at 5 p.m. and late-night crowds year-round rain or shine. Lunch and Sunday brunch will follow shortly after opening.

Oyster House general manager Daniel McLaughlin and chef Andrew Sabin - a Garces alumnus most recently at El Poquito in Chestnut Hill - will run the day-to-day.

During lunch hours, Mission plans to offer counter ordering for dine-in as well as takeout.

Mission’s eight taps will offer four beers, two cocktails, and a house red and white wine. A bottle list of beer and wine will also be available. Many tequilas and mescals will be offered.

Designer Hope Velocette of Chrysalis Studio exposed the building’s original structure of brick walls and wooden floors and beams, punched in a few skylights, and is setting up a game corner with foosball and shuffleboard.

Picnic tables, banquettes, kitchen counter, bar stools, and dining room chairs will accommodate 160 people.

Meanwhile, summer is also the target for Harp & Crown, an American bar/restaurant directly across the street, from Michael Schulson and Nina Tinari (Double Knot).