Fairmount's new restaurant comes with some brotherly love

Hadas Kuznits
October 18, 2019 - 6:00 am
Bad Brother restaurant just opened in Fairmount.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A new restaurant in Philadelphia's Fairmount neighborhood is getting some attention. 

Bad Brother at 24th and Meredith streets has big shoes to fill as they recently took over the former Bridgid's location, which had been open for nearly three decades. 

Chef and co-owner Justin Koenig explains the name, which he says plays off the fact that none of the three owners have sisters.

"We're two separate families. CJ and I met working at a restaurant in Delaware about 10 years ago, stayed in touch, moved out to San Francisco together and that's how I met the rest of his brothers," Koenig said. 

He says the bad brother is the one who pushes you into things.

"Ask the girl out, you know, do the spicy food contest, all-you-can-eat wings, that kind of stuff."

But the food is anything but bad, he says. 

"I highly recommend the broccoli and cheddar ravioli with the fresh black truffles. If you just want to keep it more casual, the burger is absolutely fantastic."

Justin Koenig, co-owner of Bad Brother.
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Koenig says this is his and his co-owners' first restaurant.

"We've been talking about this for years and so to finally have it come to fruition has been really fun," he explained. 

Is it everything he dreamed?

"You're unclogging the toilet, or you realize how ridiculous it is to get $3,000 worth of raw food up the stairs every week and you're pulling kegs out of the basement," he answered. 

They want to start doing "smaller, more focused wine dinners, we want to start doing beer dinners with all these great vendors we're working with, all these great farms that we have in our back pocket," so keep an eye out on their social media for more information. 

He hopes to let people know about special plans about a month in advance, but that might not always be possible.

"But you know, some of us may have a reputation. I'm not going to point anybody out, but maybe it's the bad brother. We kind of like to fly by the seat of the handle sometimes," he said. 

For more on this neighborhood spot and what it's like to work with a brother, listen to the KYW Newsradio original podcast What's Cooking on the RADIO.COM app.